n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Editorial

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Garland and Sparks (2000) writing in the 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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