n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Research, theory and a developing criminology for rural crime - : editorial

Volume 29 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Traditionally research and the development and building of a distinct theory of crime in rural areas has been the 'poor [rural] cousin' of mainstream criminology and largely ignored or neglected. Most often researchers, scholars and academics have merely 'borrowed' from the research designs and criminological theory bank of the research approach to crime, victimology and policing of densely populated urban settings - the cities - without examining the different and unique circumstances, not only in terms of population densities but also in types of crime, victimisation variations and policing responses as applicable to the rural environment.

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