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Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology / Edition 5

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology / Edition 5

by Michael G. Maxfield
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Based on Babbie's best-selling text, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH, this is the leading text in criminal justice research methods. It incorporates the key strengths of the Babbie text (accessibility; conversational; "friendly" style; great examples) with Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. This new edition includes updated coverage and statistics, strengthened examples, provides better integration of technology and the Internet, and is now even more accessible to students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900495094769
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Michael G. Maxfield is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics, including victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. Working with students and colleagues at the John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center, Professor Maxfield developed the evidence generation approach to applied justice research. He served as editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency from 2008-2016.

Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, although he chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, growing up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After three years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. Although an author of research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many texts he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association for 25 years and served on the ASA's executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. He has been married to his wife, Sheila, for more than 40 years, and they have a son, Aaron, who would make any parent proud. As proof, he helped produce the world's two greatest grandchildren. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: AN INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE INQUIRY. 1. Crime, Criminal Justice, and Scientific Inquiry. 2. Theory and Criminal Justice Research. 3. Causation and Validity. PART TWO: STRUCTURING CRIMINAL JUSTICE INQUIRY. 4. General Issues in Research Design. 5. Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement. 6. Measuring Crime. 7. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs. 8. Ethics and Criminal Justice Research. PART THREE: MODES OF OBSERVATION. 9. Overview of Data Collections and Sampling. 10. Survey Research and Other Ways of Asking Questions. 11. Field Research. 12. Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data. PART FOUR: APPLICATION AND ANALYSIS. 13. Evaluation Research and Policy Analysis. 14. Interpreting Data. Glossary. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.

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