Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology,
8th Edition

Michael G. Maxfield, Earl R. Babbie

ISBN-13: 9781337091824 | ISBN-10: 1337091820

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 496 pages

List Price USD $233.95


Featuring real-world examples and comprehensive coverage of qualitative methods, the market-leading RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY combines the scholarship, accuracy, and conversational tone of Earl Babbie's best-selling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH with Mike Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. Providing the most comprehensive, authoritative introduction to criminal justice research available today -- and enhanced by new examples (e.g., cannabis cultivation, violence prevention), research, applications, and built-in study tools -- the eighth edition continues its focus on engaging readers like you in DOING research.

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Meet the Authors

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Michael G. Maxfield is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics, including victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. Working with students and colleagues at the John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center, Professor Maxfield developed the evidence generation approach to applied justice research. He served as editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency from 2008–2016.

Dr. Earl Babbie is the Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University in Southern California. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for eight years and then joined the Chapman University faculty in 1987. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts -- including THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH -- as well as numerous research articles and monographs. For 25 years he has been active in the American Sociological Association, where he served on the executive committee. He also is a past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and the California Sociological Association. Dr. Babbie received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Updated material on sampling (Chapter 8) and surveys (Chapter 9) reflects new technologies and techniques.
  • Additional examples of surveys and secondary data analysis drawing on student research.
  • The new MindTap® for the text offers customizable content, course analytics, an e-reader, and an applied learning experience -- all within your current learning management system. MindTap® prepares students to make the kinds of reasoned, real-world decisions they will need to make as future professionals. With its rich array of assets -- all of which are tagged by learning objective and Bloom's Taxonomy level -- MindTap® is perfectly suited for today's Criminal Justice students, engaging them, guiding them toward mastery of basic concepts, and advancing their critical thinking abilities.
  • Topics of new boxed features include mixed field methods, respondent-driven sampling, and participatory crime analysis in South Africa.
  • The new edition introduces evidence generation (involving collaboration with community-based organizations in New York City) as an example of applied research.
  • Chapter 12 presents updated content analysis methods.
  • A "Putting It All Together" section on racial profiling, "Driving While Black," appears in each chapter, enabling students to see how research unfolds. Each chapter's installment reinforces and applies that chapter's specific research methods and topics.
  • A marginal glossary of key terms immediately reinforces student understanding.
  • A "Focus on Applied Research" feature throughout the book reflects today's greater emphasis on applied research, and emphasizes Maxfield and Babbie's main focus -- getting your students to DO research.
  • Examples from student research and published studies appear throughout the book. Mike Maxfield illustrates the rewards and challenges of research by using recent examples of his own students' research as well as new examples from studies on human trafficking, applied research, cannabis cultivation, violence prevention, and car theft.
  • Chapter-opening numbered learning objectives are matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz items in MindTap® for Criminal Justice, the Instructor's Manual, and the Test Bank to provide students with maximum reinforcement of key concepts.

Table of Contents

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1. Crime, Criminal Justice, and Scientific Inquiry.
2. Foundations of Criminal Justice Research.
3. Ethics and Criminal Justice Research.
4. General Issues in Research Design.
5. Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement.
6. Measuring Crime.
7. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs.
8. Sampling.
9. Survey Research.
10. Qualitative Interviewing.
11. Field Research.
12. Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data.
13. Evaluation Research and Problem Analysis.
14. Interpreting Data.

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