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A Country at War with Itself: South Africa's Crisis of Crime

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Crime is tearing South Africa apart. Whether it is hijacking or rape, a home robbery or a husband's explosion of rage, violence is so common that few lives have been left untouched by it. The result is a society deformed by its fears.
Paperback, 189 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jonathan Ball Publishers (first published January 2007)
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Barry Levy
Mar 24, 2012 Barry Levy rated it it was amazing
Great insight into the problem of modern democratic South Africa and its (very) violent crime crisis. Poses some solutions too.
Philippe Lazaro
Nov 15, 2016 Philippe Lazaro rated it did not like it
Shelves: human-rights
"Our addiction to violence is only partly explained by our socio-economic profile. The rest of the explanation lies in the way in which violence and criminality have themselves come to shape the context in which young men make decisions about how to behave."

–Antony Altbeker

A provoking read I recently went through as prep work for my thesis.

Missing the kids I know who are affected by the violent environment in South Africa and hoping that I get to see them soon.
Sean de la Rosa
Dec 05, 2014 Sean de la Rosa rated it really liked it
An amazing little read - short and punchy! Altbeker tackles the difficult topic of crime in South Africa and provides insights into why crime in our country is so violent.

The author traces the root causes for violent crime back to when the first European landed in the Cape - it seems that the use of legislated force to keep the majority stultified has been with us for a very long time. Also, the delayed ending of apartheid and the fact that South Africans have become extremely demotivated by the
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