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

Barolsky, Vanessa and Pillay, Suren 2009, A call for comparative thinking: Crime, citizenship and security in the global South, South African Crime Quarterly, vol. 27, pp. 15-21, doi: 10.17159/2413-3108/2009/v0i27a936.

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Title A call for comparative thinking: Crime, citizenship and security in the global South
Author(s) Barolsky, VanessaORCID iD for Barolsky, Vanessa orcid.org/0000-0002-8347-0168
Pillay, Suren
Journal name South African Crime Quarterly
Volume number 27
Start page 15
End page 21
Total pages 7
Publisher Academy of Science of South Africa
Place of publication Cape Town, South Africa
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1991-3877
2413-3108
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.17159/2413-3108/2009/v0i27a936
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Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1604 Human Geography
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30142474

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