Crime is one of the most serious problems facing South Africans. As we grapple with the fear and reality of crime, we ask questions like "What is crime?" and "What motivates people to become involved with crime?" The answers to our questions do not lie in speculation, myth or unfounded explanations, but in the scientific study of crime and criminality and their impact on the individual and society. A Southern African Perspective on Fundamental Criminology offers a comprehensive introduction to Criminology, the scientific study of the phenomenon of crime, and is suitable for Southern African university students and other interested readers.