â€˜PALE FACEâ€™/ â€˜POINTY FACEâ€™: SA criminology in denial
This paper responds to key aspects of Bill Dixonâ€™s article, Understanding â€˜Pointy Faceâ€™: What is criminology for? It suggests that criminology should unambiguously be â€˜forâ€™ social justice in South Africaâ€™s transhistorically unequal context. South African prison statistics are used as a conceptual shortcut to briefly highlight racialised constructions of crime, the criminal and the criminologist. A trans-disciplinary conceptual approach, as a more socially just way to understand violent crime in South Africa, is proposed. A methodological framework,which draws on the notion of cultural-structural-direct violenceand intersectional theory,is presented. These extend Bill Dixonâ€™s call for criminology to include history, structure, human psyche and biography5 and resonates with Biko Agozinoâ€™s call for a â€˜counter-colonialâ€™ criminology.The paper ends by returning the Eurocentric gaze of most South African criminologists, calling them out on their denial about trans-historical violence that implicates â€˜Pale Faceâ€™ in the violence of â€˜Pointy Faceâ€™.
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