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Crimes Against Nature
Environmental Criminology and Ecological Justice

ISBN 9781843923619
Published March 10, 2011 by Willan
328 Pages

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Book Description

Crimes Against Nature provides a systematic account and analysis of the key concerns of green criminology, written by one of the leading authorities in the field. The book draws upon the disciplines of environmental studies, environmental sociology and environmental management as well as criminology and socio-legal studies, and draws upon a wide range of examples of crimes against the environment – ranging from toxic waste, logging, wildlife smuggling, bio-piracy, the use and transport of ozone depleting substances through to illegal logging and fishing, water pollution and animal abuse.

The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 sets out theoretical approaches and perspectives on the subject; Part 2 explores the (national and international) dimensions of environmental crime and the explanations for it; Part 3 deals with the range of responses to environmental crime - environmental law enforcement, regulation, environmental crime prevention and the role of global institutions and movements.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Green Theoretical Perspectives  1. Criminology and Environmental Harm: Environmental/Green Criminology  2. Social Constructions of Environmental Problems  3. Environmental Risk and the Precautionary Principle  Part 2: Environmental Crime  4. Dimensions of Environmental Crime  5. Transnational Environmental Crime  6. Explaining Environmental Harm  Part 3: Responding to Environmental Harm  7. Environmental Law Enforcement  8. Environmental Regulation  9. Environmental Crime Prevention  10. Global Environmental Issues and Socio-legal Intervention  

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Rob White is Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Tasmania. He is also Director of both the Criminology Research Unit and the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.


'Rob White has done an excellent job. There is currently no single book on the market written by one person for and about green criminology that has the comprehensive depth and interconnections offered by this book. It is, in this respect, a truly remarkable achievement.'Professor Michael Lynch, University of South Florida, USA