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The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2022-01-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Despite ethnography's long and distinguished history in the social sciences, its use in criminology is still relatively rare. Over the years, however, ethnographers in the United States and abroad have amassed an impressive body of work on core criminological topics and groups, including gang members, sex workers, drug dealers, and drug users. Ethnographies on criminal justice institutions have also flourished, with studies on police, courts, and prisons providing deep insights into how these organizations operate and shape the lives of people who encounter them.

The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice provides critical and current reviews of key research topics, issues, and debates that crime ethnographers have been grappling with for over a century. This volume brings together an outstanding group of ethnographers to discuss various research traditions, the ethical and pragmatic challenges associated with conducting crime-related fieldwork, relevant policy recommendations for practitioners in the field, and areas of future research for crime ethnographers. In addition to exhaustive overview essays, the handbook also presents case studies that serve as exemplars for how ethnographic inquiry can contribute to our understanding of crime and criminal justice-related topics.

Author Biography

Sandra Bucerius is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Alberta.

Kevin D. Haggerty is Canada Research Chair, Killam Research Laureate, and Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Alberta.

Luca Berardi is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Psychology at McMaster University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction: The Promises and Challenges of Crime Ethnographies
Kevin D. Haggerty, Sandra Bucerius, and Luca Berardi

Chapter Two: The History of (Crime) Ethnography
Luca Berardi

Chapter Three: Uneasy Relations: Crime Ethnographies and Research Ethics
Kevin D. Haggerty

Chapter Four: Pragmatics of Crime Ethnographies
Sandra Bucerius

Chapter Five: Ethnography and Criminal Cultures
Dick Hobbs

Chapter Six: Politics and Policy
Keith Guzik and Gary T. Marx

Chapter Seven: Mixed Methods
Nigel G. Fielding

Chapter Eight: Team Ethnographies in Studying Crime and Criminal Justice
Heith Copes and Lynne Vieraitis

Chapter Nine: Global Crime Ethnographies: Three Suggestions for a Criminology That Truly Travels
Henrik Vigh and David Sausdal

Chapter Ten: Case Study: "Tell mom I said hi": Confronting positionality in fieldwork
Holly Pelvin

Chapter Eleven: Cultural Criminology and Ethnography
Jeff Ferrell

Chapter Twelve: Studying the Gang Through Critical Ethnography
David Brotherton

Chapter Thirteen: Narrative Criminology and Ethnography
Jennifer Fleetwood and Sveinung Sandberg

Chapter Fourteen: Queer Criminology and Ethnography
Vanessa R. Panfil

Chapter Fifteen: Feminist Ethnographies
Korey Tillman and Ranita Ray

Chapter Sixteen: A Tour of Gang Ethnographies
Elke Van Hellemont

Chapter Seventeen: Entering the Street Field: A Case Study on Gangs
Alistair Fraser

Chapter Eighteen: Ethnographies of Organized Crime
Federico Varese

Chapter Nineteen: Drug Users
J. Bryan Page

Chapter Twenty: Drug Users: A Case Study
Tim Turner and Tony Colombo

Chapter Twenty-One: Nightlife Ethnography: A Phenomenological Approach
Sébastien Tutenges

Chapter Twenty-Two: Ethnographies of Drug Dealers
Ric Curtis and Popy Begum

Chapter Twenty-Three: Terrorism and Terrorists
Natasha B. Khade and Scott Decker

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Police
Simon Holdaway

Chapter Twenty-Five: Case study: Police Labor and Exploitation
Beatrice Jauregui

Chapter Twnety-Six: Court Ethnography
Max Travers

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Prison Ethnography
Jill A. McCorkel

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Prisons: Case Study
Michael L. Walker

Chapter Twenty-Nine: "You Have no Idea What we Do": Correctional Officers, Mental Health, and Prison Ethnography
William Schultz

Chapter Thirty: Ethnographies on Prisoner Reentry
Andrea Leverentz

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