n Journal of Public Administration - Crime rate in Africa : time for African criminological theory

Volume 49, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Criminological theory connotes the preposition of a theory for the scientific study of crime and possible solution to the menace of crime. The reality however, is that most criminological theories originates from scholars outside Africa continent and those scholars naturally assumed that a general criminological theory will work for all. The purport of this paper is to deviate from the populist criminological theory and advocates for Afrocentric criminological theory. The paper adopts literature review with document analyses and concludes that there is no basis for a legitimate expectation that "Eurocentric or Americancentric criminological theory(ies)" will produce the desire results in a distant Africa continent (in the global struggle against the menace of crime and or its prevention).

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