The First British Crime Survey: An Ethnography of Criminology Within Government

Julian Molina*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Abstract

The First British Crime Survey: An Ethnography of Criminology within Government explores the early history of the British Crime Survey, now the Crime Survey for England & Wales, a research enterprise widely perceived to be an international gold standard for the measurement of crime.

Over the past forty years, the survey has reshaped public debate with new insights into patterns of crime and perceptions of the criminal justice system. Currently, the administrative origins of the survey can be traced to the growing influence of an international network of criminologists and public officials focused on crime prevention and measurement, the organisation of Home Office research programmes, and public officials’ concerns about urban uprisings, efficiency reforms, media coverage, and the politics of crime.

The First British Crime Survey: An Ethnography of Criminology within Government examines the history of this survey through the work practices of the ‘crime survey circus’ which developed new methods for counting and reporting crime. Julian Molina provides a novel contribution to the understanding of how government officials, academics, and ‘administrative criminologists’ address the practical challenges associated with new, large-scale data projects. This ethnography draws on archival sources, interviews with government officials and criminologists, and the author’s experience using survey data within government.

A crucial resource for understanding the history of the British Crime Survey, The First British Crime Survey: An Ethnography of Criminology within Government appeals to those interested in the relations between ‘law and order’ politics, crime statistics, administrative criminology, and the criminal justice system.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEmerald
Number of pages200
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80382-277-8, 978-1-80382-275-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-80382-276-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameEmerald Advances in Historical Criminology
PublisherEmerald

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research

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