Introduction: Walking a Mile in Another Person’s Shoes
When we conceived this book, we thought we knew what was meant by ethnography and how its practitioners went about approaching their trade. And we thought that we could categorize ethnographies by what their topics were: offenders, police, homeless persons, or other actors or organizations involved in criminology research. What we found, however, is that we were more able to explain what it is not: it is not based on administrative data, on primarily closed-form questionnaires, on statistical analyses, on percentages, and on p values.
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