Surveys Case studies in depth analysis of one individual not intended to be

Surveys case studies in depth analysis of one

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Surveys Case studies - in depth analysis of one individual not intended to be generalizable Participant observation - going into the field observing the group you are studying. Covert - studying a group of ppl without them knowing Overt - ppl you are studying are aware of it Self-reporting - ppl are asked to keep a record of your deviant criminal behavior. Could also be a survey Secondary analysis Any of the above but collected by someone other than the person conducting the analysis, ex. Statistics Canada Qualitative vs. Quantitative Two different approaches to sociological / criminological research What’s the difference? Quantitative research: produces measurable results that can be analyzed statistically and (hopefully) generalized to a larger population Qualitative research: produces subjective results that are difficult to quantify but tell us more about the lived experiences, feelings and thoughts of those who are engaging in crime or victims of crime. Thoughts? Which do you feel provides more valuable information? 1. Quantitative 2. Qualitative Why? Ethical (and practical) considerations in criminological research? What kinds of ethical (and practical) considerations must criminologists deal with when conducting research? Not all crime gets reported Laud Humphreys’ Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places Studied sexual practices in men’s bathrooms Primacy of Sociology Sociology is the primary perspective in which most criminological research is based
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Social problems - family violence, etc. explains crime better than social responsibility Social responsibility - Individual is effectively responsible for their own behavior, closely related to rational choice theories.
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