Criminology or Zemiology? Yes, Please! On the Refusal of Choice Between False Alternatives

Kotzé, Justin (2018) Criminology or Zemiology? Yes, Please! On the Refusal of Choice Between False Alternatives. In: Zemiology: Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm. Critical Criminological Perspectives . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 85-106. ISBN 9783030094614, 9783319763118, 9783319763125

NRL_50019.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (242kB) | Preview
Official URL:


Buried deep within the zemiological movement and its supportive literature is the implicit assumption that the word zemia, the organising concept around which zemiology is built, simply represents ‘the Greek word for harm’. This interpretation has supported numerous drives to ‘move beyond criminology’ and erect strict borders between the study of crime and harm. However, a deeper, albeit still rather brief, exploration of zemia reveals that it possesses a broader range of meaning than that commonly afforded to it. By beginning to unpick zemia’s semantic genealogy, it appears that the conventional use of the word to support the imposition of false alternatives between criminology and zemiology is untenable. Accordingly, this chapter attempts to foreground a more integrated approach to the study of crime and harm.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 16:24
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 16:30

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics