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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661924
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Overview of Social Inquiry 1
1 An Introduction to Criminological Research 3
2 Major Methods for Social and Criminological Research 9
3 Understanding Research Articles 15
Pt. II Research Designs 21
4 Experimental Research 23
General Deterrent Effects of Police Patrol in Crime "Hot Spots": A Randomized, Controlled Trial 27
Evaluating Intensive Supervision Probation/Parole: Results of a Nationwide Experiment 49
5 Surveys 69
Public Attitudes toward Police Pursuit Driving 74
6 In-person Interviews 89
White, Black, or Blue Cops? Race and Citizen Assessments of Police Officers 90
7 Field Research 109
Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy: Continuity or Change? 111
8 Participant Observation 135
Doing Research in Prison: Weaknesses of Full Participation as a Guard 137
9 Direct Observation 153
Drunk Drivers in the Courts: Legal and Extra-Legal Factors Affecting Pleas and Sentences 154
10 Case Studies 167
Boot Camps and Traditional Correctional Facilities for Juveniles: A Comparison of the Participants, Daily Activities, and Environments 168
11 Content Analysis 193
The Presentation of Drugs in the News Media: The News Sources Involved in the Construction of Social Problems 196
12 Secondary Analysis 225
Determinants of Citizen Complaints against Police Abuse of Power 227
To Kill or Not to Kill? Lethal Outcomes in Injurious Attacks 244
13 Meta-Analysis 269
A Meta-Analysis of the Predictors of Adult Offender Recidivism: What Works! 271
14 Applied and Evaluation Research 301
The Efficiency of Working under One Roof: An Evaluation of Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Centers 305
Controlling the Use of Force: An Evaluation of Street-Level Narcotics Interdiction in Miami 315
References 329
Index 331
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