Qualitative researchers in the discipline of criminology perform a wide range of challenging tasks. They interview prisoners, police officers, magistrates and judges. They speak with survivors of domestic violence, and drink tea with the mothers of ...
murdered children. They observe courts and communities, investigate the decision-making processes of juries and immerse ourselves in the data they collect. They ask 'big' questions - 'how do we criminalise the producers of toxic toys?' - as well as 'little' questions - 'what should I wear to conduct this interview?' Qualitative Criminology brings to life the stories behind the research of both emerging and established scholars in Australian criminology. The book's contributors provided honest, reflective, and decidedly unsanitised accounts of their qualitative research journeys - the lively tales of what really happens when conducting research of this nature, the stories that often make for parenthetical asides in conference papers but tend to be excised from journal articles. It considers the gap between research methods and the realities of qualitative research. As such, it aims to help researchers and students who conduct qualitative criminological research, reflect upon their role as researchers, and the practical, ideological and ethical issues which may arise in the course of their research. It is also a call to criminologists to make public the 'failures' and missteps of their research endeavours so that we can learn from one another and become better informed and more reflexive qualitative criminologists.