Crimes of the Powerful

Series Editors:

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.

  • 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

    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 publicize charges of torture against…

    Hardback – 2019-10-21 
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  • State Crime and Civil Activism

    On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance, 1st Edition

    By Penny Green, Tony Ward

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-04-24
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  • Sustainable Development as Environmental Harm

    Rights, Regulation, and Injustice in the Canadian Oil Sands, 1st Edition

    By James Heydon

    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.…

    Hardback – 2019-03-26
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  • The Crime of Maldevelopment

    Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South, 1st Edition

    By María Laura Böhm

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-09-19
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  • 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

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-08-31
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  • Torture as State Crime

    A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer, 1st Edition

    By Melanie Collard

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-07-26
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  • Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful

    Marxism, Crime and Deviance, 1st Edition

    Edited by Steven Bittle, Laureen Snider, Steve Tombs, David Whyte

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-06-14
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  • Market Criminology

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

    By Ifeanyi Ezeonu

    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.…

    Hardback – 2018-04-05
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  • State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood

    The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death, 1st Edition

    By Thomas MacManus

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-02-06
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  • Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation

    Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict, 1st Edition

    By Kristian Lasslett

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-11-16
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  • Unchecked Corporate Power

    Why the Crimes of Multinational Corporations Are Routinized Away and What We Can Do About It, 1st Edition

    By Gregg Barak

    Why are crimes of the suite punished more leniently than crimes of the street? When police killings of citizens go unpunished, political torture is sanctioned by the state, and the financial frauds of Wall Street traders remain unprosecuted, nothing succeeds with such regularity as the active…

    Paperback – 2017-02-21
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