The Jurisprudence And Qualitative Media Analysis

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The number of interviews and focus groups combined with the jurisprudence and qualitative media analysis is designed to ensure a sufficiently robust sample within Spain and Australia. It will also enable me to conduct comparative analysis. Thanks to the work for my MA at Utrecht University, I know high-profile individuals within the Spanish and Australian criminal justice system that can act as gatekeepers, granting me access to each of my target populations as well as relevant documentation. I am aware that focus groups can be very time consuming, and that calling participants into the same focus group session on a particular day can be very complicated. However, this issue will be overcome thanks to the high hierarchical position of my gatekeepers, who can help me organise and summon into the focus groups any sort of participant from each criminal justice system. My main supervisor, Angus Nurse, also knows my gatekeepers personally, hence their availability is guaranteed. I plan to access al participants using snowballing sampling. My idea is that my gatekeeper/s in each country will help me recruit future subjects from among his acquaintances. Further methodological justification and epistemology The research methodology is qualitative, in order to elicit the proper understanding of the social reality being studied (Flick, 2009): forest arson as a state-corporate crime. Hence, the epistemology underpinning the research is clearly interpretivist. Qualitative methods

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