n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Criminology in the 21st century : "through the eyes" of academics

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article is based on research that was inspired by rigorous dialogue at the Criminology Association of South Africa (CRIMSA) Conference, held in August 2007 Pretoria, South Africa. Criminology as a discipline, in the 21st century, is presenting itself at a time for leading transformation in South Africa and internationally. In the countenance of globalization, economic, political and social change Criminology has to survive and maintain its exclusive identity. What Criminologists study has changed over the decades, many interdisciplinary synergies have been established and the contribution of Criminology is acknowledged not only within the discipline but also in government and non-governmental policy making circles. This research is an analysis of the discipline of Criminology and examines it through the eyes of what academics are saying about the impending professionalisation of the discipline. This article stimulates debate on how professionalisation of the discipline in South Africa should take place. This article further presents the pros and cons of various individual views on the topic under discussion. It advocates academics to actively participate in the debate on the need for equity and transformation; promotion of African Criminologists; and the future position of Criminology; in the academic world and the communities in which and for which we work.

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