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Greening Criminology in the 21st Century Contemporary debates and future directions in the study of environmental harm

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

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    In the 21st century, environmental harm is an ever-present reality of our globalised world. Over the last 20 years, criminologists, working alongside a range of other disciplines from the social and physical sciences, have made great strides in their understanding of how different institutions in society, and criminal justice systems in particular – respond – or fail to respond – to the harm imposed on ecosystems and their human and non-human components. Such research has crystallised into the rapidly evolving field of green criminology. This pioneering volume, with contributions from leading experts along with younger scholars, represents the state of the art in criminologists’ pursuit of understanding in the environmental sphere while at the same time challenging academics, lawmakers and policy developers to explore new directions in the study of environmental harm.

    Introduction: Green Criminology in the 21st Century

    Matthew Hall

    Jennifer Maher

    Angus Nurse

    Gary Potter

    Nigel South

    Tanya Wyatt


    Chapter 1: Carbon economics and transnational resistance to ecocide

    Rob White

    Chapter 2: Doing 'green criminology': methodologies, research strategies and values (or lack thereof?)

    Matthew Hall

    Chapter 3: Can the individual survive the greening of criminology?

    Dominic A. Wood

    Chapter 4: Transnational environmental crime: meeting future challenges through networked regulatory innovations

    Julie Ayling



    Chapter 5: The animal other: legal and illegal theriocide

    Ragnhild Sollund

    Chapter 6: Environmental victimization: a case study of citizen’s experiences with oil and gas development in Colorado, USA

    Tara O’Connor Shelley

    Tara Opsal

    Chapter 7: Pirates or protectors? A critical perspective on extreme environmental activism

    Angus Nurse

    Middlesex University London

    Chapter 8: Eco-Crime and fresh water

    Hope Johnson

    Nigel South

    Reece Walters

    Chapter 9: The other side of agricultural crime: when farmers offend

    Joseph F. Donnermeyer






    Chapter 10: A new benchmark for green criminology: the case for community-based human rights impact assessments of REDD+ programmes

    Malayna Raftopoulos

    Damien Short

    Chapter 11: Implementation and enforcement of environmental law: the role of professional practitioners

    Grant Pink

    Chapter 12: Examining secondary ecological disorganization from wildlife harms

    Michael J. Lynch

    Michael A. Long

    Kimberly L. Barrett

    Paul B. Stretesky

    Chapter 13: Green cultural criminology, intergenerational (in)equity and ‘life stage dissolution’

    Avi Brisman

    Nigel South


    Matthew Hall, Angus Nurse, Jennifer Maher

    Green criminologists from all over the world have contributed to an outstanding piece of work that raises awareness of the importance of reducing environmental harm. In addition to scholars and students, the book should be read closely by policy makers who set priorities in the sustainable development of the world.
    Gorazd Meško, Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia.


    Rather than a specialist branch of what was once described as the ‘infelicitous science’, green criminology seems to gather the most felicitous moments in the history of the discipline: a focus on conducts that are harmful but are not regarded as criminal, the identification of powerful offenders, attention to interactions, including those between us and non-human animals. This book proves that criminology has still a tremendous repository of imagination to draw from.

    Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University, London