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Title:Violent crime in South Africa: historical perspectives
Author:Glaser, CliveISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Volume:60
Issue:3
Pages:334-352
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:historiography
crime
violence
socialization
youth
inequality
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02582470802417433
Abstract:This paper sets out an agenda for historical research into the origins of unusually high violent crime levels in South Africa. It argues that there have been few attempts to link historical research on crime explicitly to the contemporary crisis. The paper reviews some of the more recent attempts at an explanation for the levels of violent crime in the country but finds them generally lacking in historical depth. The apartheid legacy paradigm, while essential to the discussion, is inadequate for a number of reasons. Specific indigenous cultural and social practices need to be incorporated more systematically into future research. The paper argues that two areas of the discussion on crime need urgent historical attention: inequality and youth socialisation. It also suggests that historians need to do much more comparative work with countries that have experienced similar political and economic trajectories in order to understand which dimensions of South Africa's criminal legacy are specific to the country. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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