Title

Integrating Theory and Method in Comparative Contextual Analysis of Trial Process

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

7-2007

Abstract

In this chapter we employ comparative contextual analysis of the trial process in order to reveal the crucial importance of theoretical foundations for socio-legal research. Comparative contextual analysis is the methodology selected to contrast trial traditions, and in so doing translates compatible theoretical frameworks into research outcomes. The paper begins by summarising some of the major theoretical challenges faced by comparative research into the criminal process and their influence on the theoretical framework chosen for analysis.Within this conceptualisation we then describe our approach to contextual modelling and explain how this may be utilised in comparative settings through the adoption of inductive and deductive methodologies. The chapter concludes with an illustration of the potential for comparative contextual analysis, suggesting how it can provide a unique and valuable approach to the integration of theory and method in socio-legal research.

Discipline

Criminal Procedure | Legal Writing and Research

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Research Methods for Law

Editor

M. McConville & W. H. Chui

First Page

104

Last Page

132

ISBN

9780748633579

Publisher

Edinburgh University Press

City or Country

Edinburgh

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780748633579

Comments

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