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NCJ Number: 90956 Find in a Library
Title: Justification of Victimization Studies in Latin America
Journal: Ilanud al Dia  Volume:4  Issue:10  Dated:(April 1981)  Pages:37-45
Author(s): L Salas
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: Spanish
Country: Costa Rica
Annotation: This article examines some of the problems related to victimological investigations within the Latin American context. The author examines some of the major benefits as well as objections raised as to victimization studies within the region.
Abstract: He reviews, first of all, the reasons for using victimization survey statistics to complement official statistics. Then he summarizes the arguments against the studies: (1) the fact that this type of study might be applicable to developed countries but its use in Latin America merely reinforces a tendency of cultural and scientific domination by developed nations over underdeveloped ones; (2) the lack of indigenous personnel to carry out this type of study with a resulting dependence on experts from developed countries; (3) the high cost of carrying out this type of study compared to the benefit to be realized. After reviewing all these objections, the author raises some suggestions as to how this type of study could be adapted to the Latin American reality and indicates its potential benefits to the area. Thirty-five references are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Latin America; Victimization surveys
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