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Court Ethnographies

Travers, MH ORCID: 0000-0002-4470-593X 2021 , 'Court Ethnographies', in SM Bucerius and KD Haggerty and L Beradi (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice Find Print Edition in Library Find at Google Preview The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice , Oxford University Press, Online, pp. 1-20.

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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 thatcourt ethnographers in observing hearings and interviewing practitioners have a choicein employing analytic strategies that focus on “micro” and “macro” level of analysis.Landmark studies conducted in the United States and United Kingdom are summarized,locating these in their political and intellectual context. Practical issues are reviewed including obtaining access, ethics approvals, and data analysis. The chapter also considersfuture trends and issues: internationalization of this field, practical contributions to understanding criminal justice, and policy implications for debates about social justice.Ethnographers can assist in evaluating emerging philosophies and court-based practices,and new types of specialist courts.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Travers, MH
Keywords: criminal courts, ethnography, “micro” and “macro” levels, internationalization, social justice
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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