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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter explores the ways that historians of crime go about their research. Although many historians are wary, disinterested, or even completely uninterested in describing and discussing the methods of inquiry that have preceded their analysis and have ultimately produced their final research findings, the approaches they take are clearly critical. The chapter therefore explores in detail some of the reasons why historians have kept their methods and underlying philosophies somewhat hidden, and raises a number of interesting methodological questions that ultimately examine the integrity and utility of our everyday practices as crime historians. In particular it explores the techniques utilized in digital research and biographical research which has helped to shape new directions in crime history over the last twenty years.

Keywords: crime history, methodology, digital history, spatiality, life history and biographical research

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