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How socioeconomic background impacts criminal careers in Russian speaking organised crimes (RSOC)?


  • Clearly state your research question (even if you have just put it in the title) AND why you think it`s worthwhile to investigate this question. The research question applied to this qualitative research data aim to understand the relation between organised crimes and economics and how socioeconomic conditions can contribute to a work career in organised crime organisations such as the RSOC.
  • In addition, provide a brief description of the data you used to answer this question – 3 interviews conducted by one researcher, using snowballing sampling on 3 respondents.
  • You will also indicate to the reader here that your work is qualitative not quantitative.
  • Following this, signpost to the reader your major findings / arguments that are to come in the body of your essay.

First Paragraph

  • Why have you used a qualitative approach?
  • What advantages does qualitative data have over quantitative data?
  • What weaknesses does qualitative data have?
  • Why these data + research methodology is suitable to answer the research question?
  • Following this, towards the end of this paragraph, argue that qualitative was suitable / the best for answering your research question.
  • Rephrased, this paragraph should provide a justification for using qualitative data to answer your research question (accounting for its strengths and weaknesses).
  • To complete this paragraph, you will need to make use of methodology text’s/citations – use some academic Qualitative Research books.

Description of sources:

This paragraph should detail where the transcripts came from - These three transcripts are part of the primary study on Russian speaking organised crime (RSOC) in Greece. Interviews with members of RSOC, conducted by E. L. This researcher used snowballing sampling method to sample relevant respondents.

  • Explain what snowballing sampling is.

Furthermore, you should provide a critique of this data. Please use Academic Qualitative Research Books, such as Silverman, D. (2017) Doing Qualitative Research. Fifth Edition. London: Sage Publication Ltd and Crowther-Dowey, C. and Fussey, P. (2013) Researching Crime: Approaches, Methods and Applications. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. For example, do you believe that the transcripts could have gone on for longer or do you think that focus groups would have worked better for your research question?

  • These are possible points you could raise when critiquing the raw data, to indicate to the reader the weakness of this data (the transcripts).
  • At the same time, you will want to emphasise the strengths of the data.
  • For example, you may draw attention to how focus groups saved time, but one-to-one interviewing is more conducive to establishing a rapport between the interviewer E. L. and the interviewees – which can result in more insightful data.

Screenshot of Codes:
This is a simple section. Take a screen shot of your NVivo codes panel showing the number of codes made and documents used. Here, is an example using the sample project provided by NVivo.

Description of Codes:

  • This is where you present your findings, and it will be the longest chapter.
  • What did you find out when you coded your data?
  • What was the dominant themes/narratives?
  • The themes you generate and talk about here will answer your research question.
  •  Explain these themes using quotes from the transcripts and the codes shown in your screenshot.
  • In doing so, you provide evidence for your findings.
  • DO NOT present transcript quotes without analysis. Instead, all quotes need to be presented to show that they came together to support the theme/concept YOU identified. Try to explore each theme and at least two children codes.
  •  It will be useful to backup your findings with academic journal article that explore such themes/codes. Example: for the code CORRUPTION: “Organised crime feeds corruption and corruption feeds organised crime”. You could use some academic journal article that explore the link between corruption and organised crime, moving into money laundering, fraud, bribe, drugs, illegal arms, illegal immigrations and so on.


  • Coming to the end of your essay, you will evaluate your work.
  • Question how reliable your work is? - Reliability
  • Is your research question reasonable? - Validity
  • Is there any bias in your work? - Objectivity
  • Can your findings be applied elsewhere? - Generalisability
  • Would a larger sample size help?
  • For the above you could highlight again the strength and weakness of your data and support these pros and cons using academic references that explore qualitative research methods.
  • Do you think that further/additional research is needed in a specific area?
  • This is the paragraph where you are critical of your own work.

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