Anger, Hatred, or Just Heartlessness? Defining Gratuitous Violence

Anger, Hatred, or Just Heartlessness? Defining Gratuitous Violence

Violent crime in South Africa is sometimes said to be unusual, because it is perceived to frequently be gratuitous. This article engages with the question of how to define gratuitous violence. It also analyses whether South African violence is characterised by unusual levels of gratuity when the concept is more clearly defined.

 

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David Bruce
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David Bruce is a Johannesburg-based independent researcher and writer working in the fields of policing, crime and criminal justice.

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