Edge ethnography and naturalistic inquiry in criminology

Authored by: J. Mitchell Miller , Holly Ventura Miller

The Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Criminology

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415659703
eBook ISBN: 9780203074701
Adobe ISBN: 9781135114947

10.4324/9780203074701.ch7

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Abstract

Empirical knowledge is derived from natural phenomena, their properties, and relations, as verifiable by observation or experience (Bryant, 1985; Gartrell & Gartrell, 1996; Gottfredson & Hirschi, 1987; Ritzer, 2007). Though observation and experience seemingly affirm empirical knowledge, the majority view of what qualifies as scientific, especially in criminology, is grounded in the “verifiable by observation” element that manifests as validation through observation of statistical significance. Hypothetic–deductive driven variable analytic inquiry processes so dominate the study of crime and justice that relatively few criminologists study crime and criminals directly or “in the wild” anymore (Wright & Bennett, 1990).

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