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Case Study: Lost and Found Christianity, Conversion, and Gang Disaffiliation in Guatemala  

Kevin O’Neill

Important research focuses on why thousands of young men and women join youth gangs, but much can be learned from looking at a single life in order to understand ways individuals manage to ... More

Case Study: Black Cannabis Dealers in a White Welfare State Race, Politics, and Street Capital in Norway  

Sveinung Sandberg

An ethnographic study of a group of young black men dealing cannabis at a drug scene called The River in Oslo demonstrates that accumulation and use of street capital can be seen as ... More

Case Study: Black Homicide Victimization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  

Sara K. Thompson

Most criminological theory and research on the black homicide victimization is grounded in the American context, which raises important generalizability issues given the exceptional level ... More

Case Study: Sentencing Violent Juvenile Offenders in Color Blind France: Does Ethnicity Matter?  

Sebastian Roché, Mirta B. Gordon, and Marie-Aude Depuiset

Race and ethnicity are important political issues in France but not important research issues. Even liberals concerned about inequality disagree about the need to study the subject and are ... More

Case Study: Immigration, Social Exclusion, and Informal Economies: Muslim Immigrants in Frankfurt  

Sandra Bucerius

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Jan 2014
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Oct 2013
Much negative public and media attention in Germany focuses on Muslim immigrants, particularly those with guest worker backgrounds. A study based on 5 years of ethnographic fieldwork with ... More

Colonial Processes, Indigenous Peoples, and Criminal Justice Systems  

Chris Cunneen

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Jan 2014
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Oct 2013
Colonial processes, indigenous people, and criminal justice systems interact. There are commonalities in the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the white settler societies of Australia, ... More

A Comparison of British and American Policies for Managing Dangerous Prisoners: A Question of Legitimacy  

Roy D. King

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May 2018
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Jul 2016
This essay traces the development of policies regarding difficult and dangerous prisoners in Britain and the United States from the 1960s to the present day. In essence policies about ... More

The Convergence of Control: Immigration and Crime in Contemporary Japan  

Ryoko Yamamoto and David Johnson

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Jan 2014
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Oct 2013
When Japan experienced a “crime crisis” at the turn of the 21st century, crimes by foreign residents became a major target of police. Since then, one main focus of policing has been ... More

Court Ethnographies  

Max Travers

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
This chapter provides an introduction to ethnographic research on criminal courts, focusing on the scientific and policy objectives in this diverse field. A central theme is that court ... More

Crime and the Global City: Migration, Borders, and the Pre-Criminal  

Katharyne Mitchell and Key MacFarlane

In recent years social scientists have been interested in the growth and transformation of global cities. These metropolises, which function as key command centers in global production ... More

Crime Policies of Small Countries: Viewing Punishment from the Periphery  

Claire Hamilton

This article discusses crime policy in small jurisdictions which to date have been underexamined in the criminological literature. In Section I, arguments concerning the dynamics of ... More

Cultural Criminology and Ethnography  

Jeff Ferrell

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
This chapter explores the many dynamics linking cultural criminology and ethnography and outlines the distinctive features of cultural criminological ethnography. The chapter first notes ... More

Cultural Variation  

Susyan Jou, Bill Hebenton, and Lennon Chang

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May 2016
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Apr 2016
Culture, whether invoked as a dependent or independent variable, has become increasingly significant with respect to the study of white-collar criminality. Indeed, it can be argued that it ... More

Drug Users  

J. Bryan Page

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
This chapter outlines some of the history and key attributes of ethnographies of drug users. Long before the invention of writing, human beings began noticing that other human beings ... More

Drug Users: A Case Study  

Tim Turner and Tony Colombo

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate how ethnographic research can generate unique insights into the situated meaning of illicit drug use within bounded play spaces of pleasure and ... More

Entering the Street Field: A Case Study on Gangs  

Alistair Fraser

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
This chapter makes the case for criminological ethnography as a form of negotiated boundary work between separate sociocultural domains. Drawing on the conceptualization of “field” ... More

Ethnicities, Racism, and Crime in England and Wales  

Alpa Parmar

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Jan 2014
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Oct 2013
Ethnicity and racism feature at each stage of the criminal justice process in the United Kingdom. Some minority ethnic group people are more likely to be victimized, are more likely to be ... More

Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration in France  

Sophie Body-Gendrot

France has the largest Muslim and Jewish populations in Europe and a long immigration tradition. Official data do not recognize race, ethnicity, or religion as fundamental characteristics ... More

Ethnicity, Migration, and Crime in the Netherlands  

Godfried Engbersen, Arjen Leerkes, and Erik Snel

The development of research on relations among ethnicity, migration, and crime in the Netherlands reflects the ways migration flows and immigration control policies evolved after World War ... More

Ethnographic Reflections on Event-Time in Jail  

Michael L. Walker

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Mar 2022
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Dec 2021
This chapter marshals ethnographic data from county jails in southern California to examine how a penal environment shapes the ways prisoners experience time, track time, and orient ... More

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