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Title:Longitudinal analysis of trends and patterns of crime in Ghana (1980-2010): a new perspective
Editor:Oteng-Ababio, Martin
Year:2016
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Volume:35
Issue:3
Pages:193-211
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:crime
social inequality
poverty
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/19376812.2016.1208768
Abstract:This preliminary study examines the nexus between incidence of crime and socio-politico-economic dynamics in Ghana between 1980 and 2010, using both international and local data. This is against the backdrop that earlier North America-based mainstream studies argued that crime was a rational response to rising socioeconomic challenges: inequality, urbanization, peer pressure, and poverty. The analysis shows that the dichotomous narratives that underpinned criminology studies in developed countries do not apply in the Ghanaian context. The study concludes that crime is not only a result of inequality but a complex combination of socioeconomic and political developments and policies. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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