n SA Crime Quarterly - Editorial




Why are criminal acts in South Africa so violent? This is the question that Bill Dixon poses to criminologists in South Africa in this edition of . He also offers some insight into why it might be that South African academics and independent researchers have, on the whole, not focused on finding answers to this question - because instead they have tended to focus on how crime can be controlled by police. Dixon suggests that, for many cogent reasons, we have been distracted from trying to develop a better understanding of the context and motivation behind criminal violence because of a pre-occupation with policing.


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