P191
Exploring Crime and Poverty Nexus in Urban Africa

Convenors:
George Owusu (University of Ghana)
Martin Oteng-Ababio (University of Ghana)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
KH118
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Debates on urban crime and poverty has largely engaged the attention of the developed world. As such, models and theories on the subject are largely founded on the experiences of the developed world. We invite papers which challenge existing theories on urban crime and poverty nexus in Africa

Long abstract:

Recent general improvement in economic growth across many African countries has coincided with rising levels of urbanization. However, current economic growth is non-inclusive and balance with narrow elite benefiting disproportionately from this growth. It is within this context that urban crime is noted to be on the rise in Africa largely due to weak governance systems and limited services, including policing. This rising crime rate is exemplified by daily reported cases of crime in various media outlets across the continent, a trend which contrast with the situation in the West and developed world in general. Indeed, a drop in crime rate has been observed in many industrialized nations from the mid-1990s to date, a phenomenon that has bemused many scholars. A key issue that has attracted the attention of scholars in the field of crime studies is the extent to which crime influence poverty and vis-à-vis. While this debate has extensively engaged the attention of the developed world, the opposite is the case in Africa. Consequently, models and theories on the subject are largely founded on the experiences of the developed world. This panel invites papers which will challenge models and theories on urban crime and poverty nexus in Africa. We seek in this panel to highlight the key issues and to contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the poverty-crime nexus by adding a Sub-Saharan Africa perspective to this area of crime research.