Approaching the Research

Richard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms and Will Hay

in Prisons and the Problem of Order

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198258186
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681813 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Approaching the Research

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After the discussion of conceptual references, elaborated here are the research approaches in the inquiry about the features and the consequences of long-run imprisonment. The chapter focuses on two specific prisoner cases, without expecting potentially generalized results, but in order to have an idea of what happens within the barricades. Before the data gathering process, the authors carefully defined phrases such as ‘order,’ ‘control,’ and ‘control problem.’ Historical, geographical and other relevant information are gathered from the two individuals, and are statistically consolidated to identify unique institutional characteristics in respect to their personal particulars. In every inquiry, there are guiding principles, paradigms, scope, limitations, procedures, and objectives — all of which are well explained by the scholars who conducted the study.

Keywords: long-term imprisonment; generalized results; order; control; control problems; institutional identity

Chapter.  12373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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