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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. Closeted behind locked doors and high walls, panic buttons at the ready, members of the middle class live lives haunted by fear. The poor, w ...more
ebook, 183 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Jonathan Ball Publishers (first published January 2007)
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Barry Levy
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into the problem of modern democratic South Africa and its (very) violent crime crisis. Poses some solutions too.
Sean de la Rosa
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Philippe Lazaro
Nov 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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