n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Identity and the criminal event : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



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 (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.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error