Market Criminology: State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Market Criminology

State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry, 1st Edition

By Ifeanyi Ezeonu


172 pages

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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.

Ifeanyi Ezeonu explores the ascendance of the fundamentalist form of market economy in Nigeria; the complicity of the state political and security apparatuses in the corporate expropriation of the country's petroleum resource wealth; the deleterious effects of this neoliberal architecture on the local population, as well as community resistance strategies over the years. This book offers a major contribution to research on state-corporate crime and the crimes of the powerful.

Key reading for scholars and students in the areas of criminology, international political economy and sociology, this book will also be rich resource for researchers and non-governmental agencies working in the areas of environmental protection, human rights and sustainable development in the Global South, especially the Sub-Saharan Africa.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Commerce, Plunder and the Illegitimate Birth of the Nigerian State

3. "In the Long Run we are all Dead": Historicizing our Journey to a Market Society

4. Market Criminology: An Ontological Recalibration of a Discipline

5. Petroleum Resources and the Plunder of the Niger Delta: Lessons on Market Criminology

6. Public Security Challenges in the Niger Delta: The Catharsis of Community Resistance

7. Conclusion: Extending the Periscope of Criminology to Market Rationality



About the Author

Ifeanyi Ezeonu is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Brock University, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology