Interviewing ‘the Powerful’ in Crime and Crime Control

  • Olga PetintsevaEmail author
  • Rita Faria
  • Yarin Eski


The chapter enters conceptual discussions on the notions of ‘the powerful’, ‘elites’ and ‘experts’. It discusses what makes elite and expert interviewing specific and why researchers would be interested in conducting qualitative interviews with the powerful, particularly within the study area of criminology. Simultaneously, the chapter highlights how the book intends to overcome a lack of systematic methodological reflection on using interviews with the powerful, when asking them about sensitive issues. The chapter underscores the importance of fostering critical, reflexive and ethical attitudes throughout the entire research process.


Elites Experts The powerful Concepts Qualitative interviewing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social LawGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, School of CriminologyUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationVU University AmsterdamAmsterdam, North HollandThe Netherlands

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