Centre-periphery dynamics, global transition and criminological transfers Introductory notes inspired by V.S. Naipaul
Author: Lippens, Ronnie
Source: Crime, Law and Social Change, Volume 41, Number 4, May 2004 , pp. 301-317(17)
Abstract:The essay at hand aims to introduce the main issues and topics involved in the questions that will be dealt with throughout in this thematic issue. Those questions include: How do criminal justice practitioners and academics, in conditions of political or cultural transition, construct critical and reflexive knowledge about experiences of crime and control and their meaning? To what extent can ``ThirdWorld'' (TW) experiences and meanings, as well as TW knowledge about them, be of any use in ``First World'' (FW) contexts? And vice versa? To what extent are the gaps between both contexts too wide and to what extent has this divide been reduced in and through current global developments and transitions? The essay begins by focussing on postcolonial literature for a while, on one novel in particular, a novel that explores the space in–between the(post–)colony and the imperial metropolis.The second part of the essay deals withtransfers of (critical) criminologies in more detail.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-05-01