n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Identity and the criminal event : editorial
|Article Title||Identity and the criminal event : editorial|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||I - III|
Given the large-scale socio-political transformation since the advent of democracy in South Africa, local cultures can be best regarded as change-oriented cultures. Humanity, however, never lives completely in the present and the ideologies of the superego (or the superego as a "vehicle") perpetuate the past and the traditions of the race, which yield gradually to the influence of the presence and to new developments. In our crime and victimological analyses, personal growth and communal change can therefore not be separated, nor can an identity crisis in individual life be separated from contemporary crises within historical context. Both these crises define each other and are thus relative to one another. This highlights furthermore the importance of a synthesis, or mutuality between traditional and modern cultures to arrive at both a meaningful collective and individual identity.
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