State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death
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 criminological point of view. Furthermore, the book reveals the retrogressive role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ivory coast, contrary to the societal expectations made of 'non-governmental' organisations (NGOs) and CSOs.
This book reveals that in the case of this particular example of state-corporate crime, civil society as an agency of censure and sanction actually played a distinctly retrogressive role. Here, in fact, state and state-corporate crime facilitates corruption within the civil society sphere through a process referred to in the book as the ‘commodification of victimhood’ and, as a result, ensures that impunity is virtually guaranteed for the corporation and the Ivorian government. This book also examines the failure of international and domestic legal measures to sanction the perpetrators alongside civil society’s shortcomings and ultimately advocates a more cautionary approach to civil society’s potential to label, censure and sanction large-scale state-corporate crime.
This book will help readers understand the difficulties in sanctioning such crime as well as promoting the theoretical framework of state crime, the understanding of which could lead to the alleviation of human suffering at the hands of criminal states and corporations.
1. Introduction: Applying a Criminological Framework
2. State-Corporate Crime: Origins of the ‘Ship of Death’
3. The Probo Koala Arrives at Abidjan
4. The Development of the State of Ivory Coast
5. Explanations for Impunity
6. Civil Society’s Role
7. Researching Civil Society in Ivory Coast
8. Organisational Crime and the ‘Commodification of Victimhood’
9. Cover-up and Denial: The Battle in Britain
Appendix: Victim Card (issued by FAVIDET)