oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The object of policing: the abstract utopian perspective versus the practical cynical viewpoint



Van Heerden (1986:8) contends that the concept social order is embodied in the (inherent) pursuit and task of any society, namely orderly and secure coexistence. Each community, whether primitive or extremely complex in nature, consequently consists of interdependent individuals, united because of collective sentiments and interests, who cooperate for the purpose of mutual benefits and survival.


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