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A call for comparative thinking: Crime, citizenship and security in the global South

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posted on 2023-03-17, 05:01 authored by Vanessa Barolsky, Suren Pillay
This article argues for the importance of an international comparative perspective in terms of our analysis and response to violent crime. This is particularly important in the light of the fact that while an increasing number of countries in the global Southhave achieved formal democracy, they continue to be plagued by high levels of violent crime. In fact, transitions from authoritarian to democratic governance around the world, from Eastern Europe to Latin America and Africa, have been accompanied by escalating violent crime rates. In this context, we have much to learn from an international comparative approach in terms of understanding why democratic transitions are so often accompanied by increases in violence, what the impact of this violence is on the ability of these societies to deepen democracy, and what the most appropriate interventions are in relatively new and often resource poor democracies.

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Journal

South African Crime Quarterly

Volume

27

Pagination

15 - 21

Location

Cape Town, South Africa

ISSN

1991-3877

eISSN

2413-3108

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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