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What is Criminology?$
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Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571826.001.0001

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Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice

Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice

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(p.125) 8 Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice
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What is Criminology?
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Clifford Shearing

Monique Marks

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571826.003.0009

This chapter is divided into three parts. The first part explains the meaning of ethnography and provides examples from the authors' own ethnographic research endeavours. Second, it explores ways of transforming knowledge and imaginings into action or practice. Here it considers the notion of praxis as discussed by Marx and Engels in German Ideology (1947). It is argued that the point of doing social research is not merely to contemplate the world, but to change it — a position that is, despite conventional understandings, not in conflict with Weber who saw the choice of research topics as value driven. The final section argues that southern places should be viewed as sites of knowledge creation.

Keywords:   ethnography, ethnographic research, criminology, praxis, knowledge creation, Marx and Engels, German Ideology

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