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Benefits that a Zemiological Approach can bring to the Study of Global Crime and Insecurity

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  • 1University of Edinburgh, UK

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 30-32, May,14 (2016)


Zemiology is the study of social harm which looks at broader structural form of harm than the notions exclusively falling under the definition of crime. The study of Zemiology focuses on defining the policies to address harm from its origin to its end by moving beyond the binary concept of criminal or non-criminal act as defined by the criminal justice system. This paper explains the concept of zemiology and studies the benefits of zemiological approach to understand the origin and effects of harm on society. The paper specifically explains the harm caused by social evil of Prostitution to the Indian society through the prism of zemiology. Further, in the next section, the paper distinguishes between the criminological and zemiological approaches to study harm and the benefits that zemiology can provide over criminology. In conclusion, the paper finds the possible positive direction taken or that can be taken by the study of zemiology.


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