Doing Ethnography in Criminology

Discovery through Fieldwork

  • Stephen K. Rice
  • Michael D. Maltz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Stephen K. Rice, Michael D. Maltz
    Pages 1-8
  3. Alistair Fraser
    Pages 179-185
  4. William Garriott
    Pages 187-194
  5. Peter K. Manning
    Pages 237-245
  6. Vanessa R. Panfil
    Pages 253-264
  7. Andres F. Rengifo, Cherrell Green, Lee Ann Slocum, Aaron Ho
    Pages 265-276
  8. Jennifer Sumner, Lori Sexton, Keramet Reiter
    Pages 277-288
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 347-361

About this book


This innovative book examines the use of ethnography and fieldwork in Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Using a combination of case studies, as well as “behind the scenes” contributions, it provides an comprehensive look at both the insights gained from ethnographic research, as well as the choices researchers make in conducting that work.

The research is divided into three main sections, covering ethnographies of subcultures, ethnographies of place, and ethnographies of policing. It includes a diverse group of international contributors to provide perspectives on researchers’ selection of questions to study, and their decisions about using ethnography to study those questions.

This work will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly with a qualitative perspective, as well as related fields such as sociology, anthropology, and demography. It will also be of interest to students studying research methods and design.


Criminal Justice Research Research Methods in Criminology Qualitative Methods Ethnography Fieldwork Police Studies Cultural Studies Substance Abuse Storytelling Narrative Research Critical Criminology

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen K. Rice
    • 1
  • Michael D. Maltz
    • 2
  1. 1.Criminal Justice DepartmentSeattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Law and JusticeUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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