Understanding Social Science Research: Applications in Criminology and Criminal Justice / Edition 1

Understanding Social Science Research: Applications in Criminology and Criminal Justice / Edition 1

by Geoffrey P. Alpert, John M. MacDonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 1577661923

ISBN-13: 9781577661924

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

This outstanding text provides students of criminology and criminal justice with an indispensable foundation for social inquiry—from the concise delineation of research methods and analytic procedures to the illuminating and carefully chosen examples of published research articles that use those methods. The authors present an overview of the tools available for doing

Overview

This outstanding text provides students of criminology and criminal justice with an indispensable foundation for social inquiry—from the concise delineation of research methods and analytic procedures to the illuminating and carefully chosen examples of published research articles that use those methods. The authors present an overview of the tools available for doing research and the skills necessary for evaluating research. Analyzing the procedures presented in the articles is an excellent means of learning how to practice effective research. Readers will gain a keen understanding of the application and utility of research methods in the real world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577661924
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part IOverview of Social Inquiry1
1An Introduction to Criminological Research3
2Major Methods for Social and Criminological Research9
Direct Questioning9
Direct Observation11
Indirect Observation13
3Understanding Research Articles15
What Is the Study About?15
How Does the Study Fit into What Is Known about the Topic?16
How Was the Research Conducted?16
What Are the Results?17
What Do the Results Mean and How Can They Be Utilized?18
Part IIResearch Designs21
4Experimental Research23
General Deterrent Effects of Police Patrol in Crime "Hot Spots": A Randomized, Controlled Trial27
Evaluating Intensive Supervision Probation/Parole: Results of a Nationwide Experiment49
5Surveys69
Public Attitudes toward Police Pursuit Driving74
6In-person Interviews89
White, Black, or Blue Cops? Race and Citizen Assessments of Police Officers90
7Field Research109
Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy: Continuity or Change?111
8Participant Observation135
Doing Research in Prison: Weaknesses of Full Participation as a Guard137
9Direct Observation153
Drunk Drivers in the Courts: Legal and Extra-Legal Factors Affecting Pleas and Sentences154
10Case Studies167
Boot Camps and Traditional Correctional Facilities for Juveniles: A Comparison of the Participants, Daily Activities, and Environments168
11Content Analysis193
The Presentation of Drugs in the News Media: The News Sources Involved in the Construction of Social Problems196
12Secondary Analysis225
Determinants of Citizen Complaints against Police Abuse of Power227
To Kill or Not to Kill? Lethal Outcomes in Injurious Attacks244
13Meta-Analysis269
A Meta-Analysis of the Predictors of Adult Offender Recidivism: What Works!271
14Applied and Evaluation Research301
The Efficiency of Working under One Roof: An Evaluation of Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Centers305
Controlling the Use of Force: An Evaluation of Street-Level Narcotics Interdiction in Miami315
References329
Index331

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