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SA Crime Quarterly

On-line version ISSN 2413-3108
Print version ISSN 1991-3877


VAN DER SPUY, Elrena. On the record - Obituary for Professor Mike Brogden - sociologist, social historian, policing scholar, troublemaker of sorts. SA crime q. [online]. 2020, n.69, pp.1-5. ISSN 2413-3108.

In 1991, Mike Brogden was a Visiting Professor at the then Institute of Criminology at the University of Cape Town. Recently, in the process of archiving the material pertaining to the Institute, we came across a stack of printed teaching notes for a course he convened, titled the History of Criminal Justice. It was not a course for those with short attention spans and little interest in history. The course stretched over twenty-odd lectures and the file contains 122 pages of typed notes. The subject matter was sweeping in scope and the timeline expansive: sixteenth- to nineteenth-century England. The notes illustrated that Brogden had a remarkable ability to situate conversations on crime, criminal justice and policing in the context of social history. At heart he was a social historian or an historical sociologist.

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