n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Editorial
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||I - II|
Garland and Sparks (2000) writing in the British Journal of Criminology assert that: "Criminology has strategic choices to make. It can see itself as a kind of specialist underlabourer, a technical specialist to wider debates... or it can embrace the world in which crime loudly resonates and engage the discussion"
In our South African context this can be seen as a call to research action where we need to forceably 'chop out' a role as academic and professional researchers. For far too long we, as a group of criminologists serving the broader criminological sciences and applied criminal justice studies, have allowed other disciplines to exploit and dip into our knowledge base and expropriate our fields of expertise as their own.
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