Discovering Realities: A Naturalistic Qualitative Inquiry

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
Part of the Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research book series (SSACCJR)


Engaging in fieldwork requires both deliberation and decision. Researchers must be able to justify why the methodology qualifies and to make clear how it is carried out. In the first place, we must explain to readers why this approach is adopted, instead of another one. In this chapter, we start by giving readers an overview of the status quo of criminological fieldwork in China. Then, we explain why we adhere to a naturalistic qualitative approach; more importantly, we describe how the issues of access and the researcher’s identity in the field enterprise were handled. Furthermore, we discuss the issues of sampling, data collection, research ethics, as well as data analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
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  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeShanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

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