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Taking Care of BusinessPolice Detectives, Drug Law Enforcement and Proactive Investigation$
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Matthew Bacon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.001.0001

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Investigating the Investigators

Investigating the Investigators

Research Methodology

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(p.73) 4 Investigating the Investigators
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Taking Care of Business
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Matthew Bacon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.003.0004

The purpose of this chapter is to answer standard methodological questions. It starts by considering what it means to take an ethnographic approach to social science research and explains why ethnography is both a vital scholarly enterprise in the field of police studies and the most appropriate way of penetrating the inner world of police organizations. Following this, the reader is introduced to the fieldwork settings and research participants and then walked through the chosen research methods. The discussion also contains some reflections on practical issues relating to access and acceptance that were encountered during the research process and how they were engaged with and managed.

Keywords:   ethnography, fieldwork, participant observation, police culture, police research

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