ACSPRI Conferences, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2010

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Ethnographic Approaches to Researching Injecting Drug Use

Catrin Smith

Building: Holme Building
Room: Cullen Room
Date: 2010-12-02 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2010-11-17


Within criminology there is a long tradition of ethnographic research. This paper explores this tradition with reference to two in-depth studies of female injecting drug use. The paper illustrates some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues connected with ethnographic research on injecting drug use and it points to the key role of 'knowledgeable insiders' at all stages of the research process (from design through to dissemination).