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Offenders on offending : learning about crime from criminals

Author: Wim Bernasco
Publisher: Cullompton, Devon ; Portland, Or. : Willan Publishing, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There are many things about crime that we can only learn from offenders. It is, however, not at all easy to find them and persuade them openly and truthfully to discuss their crimes. Most are difficult to reach, and many are unable or unwilling to provide the answers we need. Nevertheless, the offenders' perspective is vital to knowing and understanding crime: How did a person learn to commit an offence? How  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wim Bernasco
ISBN: 9781843927761 1843927764 9781843927778 1843927772
OCLC Number: 475456278
Description: xxii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword, Michael Tonry Preface, Wim Bernasco Part 1: Setting the Stage 1. Learning about crime from criminals: editor's introduction, Wim Bernasco 2. Misinformation, misunderstanding and misleading as validity threats to offenders' accounts of offending, Henk Elffers 3. Apprehending criminals: the impact of law on offender-based research, Scott Jacques and Richard Wright Part 2: Prison Settings 4. Interviewing the incarcerated: pitfalls and promises, Heith Copes and Andy Hochstetler 5. Interviewing and validity issues in self-report research with incarcerated offenders: the Quebec inmate survey, Carlo Morselli and Pierre Tremblay 6. Beyond the interview: complementing and validating accounts of incarcerated violent offenders, Fiona Brookman Part 3: Field Settings 7. Method, actor and context triangulations: knowing what happened during criminal events and the motivations for getting involved, Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard 8. Repeat, triangulate and reflect: ethnographic validity in a study on urban minority youth, Frank van Gemert 9. Getting good data from people that do bad things: effective methods and techniques for conducting research with hard-to-reach and hidden populations, Ric Curtis Part 4: Social Categories of Offenders and Researchers 10. The impact of gender when interviewing 'offenders on offending', Jody Miller 11. Talking to snakeheads: methodological considerations for research on Chinese human smuggling, Sheldon Zhang 12. Blue-collar, white-collar: crimesandmistakes, Neal Shover and Ben W. Hunter Part 5: Learning About the Actn 13. Research on residential burglary: ways of improving validity and participants' recall when gathering data, Claire Nee 14. The use of maps in offender interviewing, Lucia Summers, Shane D. Johnson and George F. Rengert 15. Interviewing offenders in a penitentiary environment and the use of mental maps during interviews, Veronika A. Polisenska 16. Validating offenders' accounts: learning from offender interviews with bank robbers in Austrian prisons, Birgit Zetinigg and Matthias Gaderer
Responsibility: edited by Wim Bernasco.

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The rise of the victimization survey has given the victims a much larger role in our study of crime. But, there is no concomitant development regarding offenders. This book deals with what we can do  Read more...

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