Crime and development in the global South

Jarrett Blume Blaustein, Nathan Pino, Graham Ellison

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Abstract

This chapter revisits the literature on the relationship between crime and development in the global South. It begins by examining the Modernization Thesis which posits that crime is a consequence of economic development. The chapter then proceeds to examine critical arguments concerning the relationship between development and crime. It is argued that both perspectives are helpful for illuminating the criminogenic consequences of economic development but are also theoretically problematic due to their universalizing tendencies. Accordingly, the chapter concludes by highlighting the need for more localized studies of the relationship between crime and development and research that accounts for how criminological issues influence the work of the international development community in the global South today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South
EditorsKerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott, Maximo Sozzo
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter11
Pages205-221
Number of pages17
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783319650210
ISBN (Print)9783319650203
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Blaustein, J. B., Pino, N., & Ellison, G. (2018). Crime and development in the global South. In K. Carrington, R. Hogg, J. Scott, & M. Sozzo (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South (1st ed., pp. 205-221). Palgrave Macmillan.