n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Editorial

Special Edition 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This special Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA) conference edition of is the final of three editions of select papers presented at the conference hosted during 2007. It testifies to a diverse range of topics, allowing also for "work in progress" to accommodate the efforts of young researchers in Africa. From the contributions received at the conference - published also in the other two special conference editions - it is evident that the young science of Criminology and its related areas of scientific inquiry are indeed experiencing a golden era. It would be interesting to continue to observe its relationship with other domains if only to note the evolution and scientific nature of a burgeoning young science. Affirming the scientific nature of criminology, its autonomous and independent status, its non-speculative and non-normative character, Fattah (2008) refers to the fundamental differences between criminology and criminal law for instance.

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