This impressive collection of original essays explores the relationship between social conflict and the environment - a topic that has received little attention within criminology. The chapters provide a systematic and comprehensive introduction and overview of conflict situations stemming from human exploitation of environments, as well as the impact of social conflicts on the wellbeing and health of specific species and ecosystems. Largely informed by green criminology perspectives, the chapters in the book are intended to stimulate new understandings of the relationships between humans and nature through critical evaluation of environmental destruction and degradation associated with social conflicts occurring around the world. With a goal of creating a typology of environment-social conflict relationships useful for green criminological research, this study is essential reading for scholars and academics in criminology, as well as those interested in crime, law and justice.
Avi Brisman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, USA. He is co-editor, with Nigel South, of the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology (2013), and co-author, with Nigel South, of Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerism, and Resistance to Ecocide (Routledge, 2014). Nigel South is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK. He has teaching and research interests in criminology, drug use, and health and environmental issues, and has written extensively on green criminological theory, environmental crime and the concept of ecocide. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology. Rob White is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia. Among his recent publications are Environmental Harm: An Eco-Justice Perspective (Policy Press, 2013) and Green Criminology: An Introduction to the Study of Environmental Harm (Routledge, 2014, with Diane Heckenberg).
’Very capably edited by Brisman (Eastern Kentucky Univ.), South (Essex Univ., UK), and White (Univ. of Tasmania), this collection is an excellent addition to the blossoming literature on green criminology. ... The contributors come from around the world; many of the chapters are state of the art. ... All the chapters are well written in relatively jargon-free language. This is without doubt an important collection. It deserves a wide audience. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.’ Choice 'This book attempts to move beyond the common characterisations of the links between environment and conflict that centre on the idea of environmental security or the resource curse. It uses a green criminology frame to examine a range of up-to-the-minute cases and to develop a new typology for understanding the dynamics involved. The range of authors, cases and arguments add up to a gripping read that links, for example, poaching, extractive industries, hydro politics and piracy.' Rosaleen Duffy, SOAS, University of London, UK ’Many discussions regarding the degradation and exploitation of the world’s resources tend to neglect the surrounding socio-political and economic environment where such activities occur. This volume presents a much needed critical examination on the link between environmental crime and social conflict and provides an important foundation for future scholars.’ William D. Moreto, University of Central Florida, USA