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The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Teaching cutting-edge research methods along with the substantive criminology and criminal justice issues those methods are used to analyze “[This text] covers what I want it to cover and is a lot more comprehensive than the other books. [Plus, the] ancillaries are fantastic!” —Robert J. Fornango, Arizona State University Like its predecessors, the Fourth Edition provides complete coverage of the use and results of the contemporary methods employed in criminology and criminal justice research today. Specifically designed for undergraduate and beginning graduate criminal justice courses and programs, this text teaches research design and techniques within the context of substantive criminology and criminal justice issues of interest to students who will become professionals in the field. Students learn about the wide realm of research methods available to them, delve deeper into topics relevant to their field of study, and benefit from the wide variety of exercises included that help them practice as they learn. Intended Audience This is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate students taking a Research Methods course in criminology or criminal justice. Available for just $25 more bundled with SPSSStudent Version CD, allowing students to practice what they learn on their laptops in the dorm or at home, rather than in the computer lab

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Ronet Bachman, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is co-author of Statistical Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice, Third Edition. (McGraw-Hill, 2008), and co-editor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory (Roxbury, 2000). In addition, she is co-author of Murder American Style (Wadsworth, 2002), Culture, Stress and Aggression (Yale U. Press, 2004), and co-author of Violence: The Enduring Problem (SAGE, 2014) as well as SAGE’s successful research methods texts in criminology and criminology and criminal justice. She has written numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations. She is currently the Co-Pl of a National Institute of Justice?funded study to examine the trajectories of drug-involved offenders 10 years after release from prison using a mixed-method design.



Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he received the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service. Since 1990, he has also been lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University. In addition to eight editions of the text on which this brief edition is based, Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, and four other coauthored versions?for the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education?his other books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (2011), Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (coedited, 2015), and Organization in a Changing Environment (1986). He has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports on homelessness, mental health, organizations, law, and teaching research methods. His research has included a mixed-methods investigation of a public health coordinated care program, a study of community health workers and recruitment for cancer clinical trials, a mixed-methods study of a youth violence reduction program, a randomized trial of a peer support program for homeless dually diagnosed veterans, and a randomized evaluation of housing alternatives for homeless persons diagnosed with severe mental illness, with funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Health Administration, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state agencies. His current scholarly foci are the impact of the social environment on cognitive and community functioning, the meaning of housing and service preferences, and the value of alternative organizational and occupational structures for service delivery. His prior research has also included investigation of social factors in legal decisions and admission practices and of influences on job and service satisfaction. Details are available at http://rschutt.wikispaces.umb.edu.

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