Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice

In: Bosworth, M. & Hoyle, C. Eds. What is Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 125-140, 2011

21 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2016

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Monique Marks

Independent

Date Written: April 3, 2011

Abstract

This chapter is divided into three parts. In the first part we explain what we mean by ethnography and provide examples from our own ethnographic research endeavours. Second we explore ways of transforming knowledge and imaginings into action or practice. Here we explore the notion of praxis as discussed by Marx and Engels in the German Ideology (1947). We maintain that the point of doing social research is not merely to contemplate the world, but to change it – a position that is, despite conventional understandings, not in conflict with Weber who saw the choice of research topics as value driven. In the final section we argue that Southern places should be viewed as sites of knowledge creation.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Marks, Monique, Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice (April 3, 2011). In: Bosworth, M. & Hoyle, C. Eds. What is Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 125-140, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2758273

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