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Crimes of the Powerful


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Crimes of the Powerful encompasses the harmful, injurious, and victimizing behaviors perpetrated by privately or publicly operated businesses, corporations, and organizations as well as the state mediated administrative, legalistic, and political responses to these crimes.

The series draws attention to the commonalities of the theories, practices, and controls of the crimes of the powerful. It focuses on the overlapping spheres and inter-related worlds of a wide array of existing and recently developing areas of social, historical, and behavioral inquiry into the wrongdoings of multinational organizations, nation-states, stateless regimes, illegal networks, financialization, globalization, and securitization.

These examinations of the crimes of the powerful straddle a variety of related disciplines and areas of academic interest, including studies in criminology and criminal justice; law and human rights; conflict, peace, and security; economic change, environmental decay, and global sustainability.

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Domestic Violence as State Crime A Feminist Framework for Challenge and Change

Domestic Violence as State Crime: A Feminist Framework for Challenge and Change

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Evelyn Rose
January 01, 2022

Domestic Violence as State Crime presents a provocative challenge to the way that domestic violence is understood and addressed. Underpinned by a radical feminist perspective, the central argument of this book is that domestic violence against women constitutes a patriarchal state crime. By ...

Market Criminology State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry

Market Criminology: State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry

1st Edition

By Ifeanyi Ezeonu
March 31, 2021

Building on original research into the petroleum industry and on the theory of crimes of globalization, this book introduces the concept of Market Criminology: the criminology of preventable market-generated harms and the criminogenic effects of market rationality in variegated forms of capitalism....

Natural Resources, Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America Exploring the Boundaries of Environmental and State-Corporate Crime in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico

Natural Resources, Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America: Exploring the Boundaries of Environmental and State-Corporate Crime in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico

1st Edition

By Marcela Torres Wong
March 31, 2021

In 1989, the International Labor Organization stated that all indigenous peoples living in the postcolonial world were entitled to the right to prior consultation, over activities that could potentially impact their territories and traditional livelihoods. However, in many cases the economic ...

Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful Marxism, Crime and Deviance

Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance

1st Edition

Edited By Steven Bittle, Laureen Snider, Steve Tombs, David Whyte
March 31, 2021

Frank Pearce was the first scholar to use the term 'crimes of the powerful.' His ground-breaking book of the same name provided insightful critiques of liberal orthodox criminology, particularly in relation to labelling theory and symbolic interactionism, while making important contributions to ...

Sustainable Development as Environmental Harm Rights, Regulation, and Injustice in the Canadian Oil Sands

Sustainable Development as Environmental Harm: Rights, Regulation, and Injustice in the Canadian Oil Sands

1st Edition

By James Heydon
March 31, 2021

In this in-depth analysis of First Nations opposition to the oil sands industry, James Heydon offers detailed empirical insight into Canadian oil sands regulation. The environmental consequences of the oil sands industry have been thoroughly explored by scholars from a variety of disciplines. ...

Torture as State Crime A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer

Torture as State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer

1st Edition

By Melanie Collard
March 31, 2021

Can we understand torture by focusing on the torture chamber or even on the states in which it is practiced, or do we have to consider the wider political context in which it is embedded? This is the central question of this book which explores concepts of state crime for understanding and ...

Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict

Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation: Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict

1st Edition

By Kristian Lasslett
March 31, 2021

From the social cleansing of cities through to indigenous land struggles at the frontline of extraction megaprojects, planetary urbanisation is a contested process that is radically shaping social life and the sustainability of human civilisation. In this pioneering intervention, it is maintained ...

Corrupt Capital Alcohol, Nightlife, and Crimes of the Powerful

Corrupt Capital: Alcohol, Nightlife, and Crimes of the Powerful

1st Edition

By Kenneth Sebastian León
September 23, 2020

This book offers a deep dive into the social, political, and economic forces that make white-collar crime and corruption a staple feature of the nightlife economy. The author, a former bouncer-turned-bartender of party bars and nightclubs in a large U.S. city, draws from an auto-ethnographic case ...

State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death

State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood: The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death

1st Edition

By Thomas MacManus
July 31, 2020

This book highlights the continuing impunity enjoyed by corporations for large scale crimes, and in particular the crime of toxic waste dumping in Ivory Coast in 2006. It provides an account of the crime, and outlines contributory reasons for the impunity both under the law and from a ...

The Crime of Maldevelopment Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South

The Crime of Maldevelopment: Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South

1st Edition

By María Laura Böhm
July 31, 2020

This book explores the causal relationship between the deregulation of international economic interests and the forms of violence that prevail in a large part of the Global South. More specifically, this book tells the story of how transnational corporations benefitting from increasing deregulation...

State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners On the Role Played by Amnesty International in Brazil During the Dictatorship (1964–1985)

State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners: On the Role Played by Amnesty International in Brazil During the Dictatorship (1964–1985)

1st Edition

By Renata Meirelles
October 07, 2019

State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners discusses the activities of Amnesty International during the period of Brazil’s dictatorship (1964–1985). During the dictatorship, Amnesty assisted political prisoners who were submitted to torture and helped to publicise charges of torture against ...

State Crime and Civil Activism On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance

State Crime and Civil Activism: On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance

1st Edition

By Penny Green, Tony Ward
April 16, 2019

State Crime and Civil Activism explores the work of non-government organisations (NGOs) challenging state violence and corruption in six countries – Colombia, Tunisia, Kenya, Turkey, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. It discusses the motives and methods of activists, and how they document and criticise...

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