Researching crime and violence: Untold stories from the field

Carrington, Kerry (2010) Researching crime and violence: Untold stories from the field. In Bartels, Lorana & Richards, Kelly (Eds.) Qualitative criminology: Stories from the field. Federation Press, Australia.

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Undertaking empirical research on crime and violence can be a tricky enterprise fraught with ethical, methodological, intellectual and legal implications. This chapter takes readers on a reflective journey through the qualitative methodologies I used to research sex work in Kings Cross, miscarriages of justice, female delinquency, sexual violence, and violence in rural and regional settings over a period of nearly 30 years. Reflecting on these experiences, the chapter explores and analyses the reality of doing qualitative field research, the role of the researcher, the politics of subjectivity, the exercise of power, and the ‘muddiness’ of the research process, which is often overlooked in sanitised accounts of the research process (Byrne-Armstrong, Higgs and Horsfall, 2001; Davies, 2000).

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ID Code: 35734
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: female delinquency, researching sexual violence, researching violence in rural Australia, qualitative methodologies when researching justice, qualitative criminological research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2010 02:37
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 23:24

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