Global Environmental Harm: Criminological Perspectives

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Overview

Issues such as climate change, disposal of toxic waste and illegal fishing have generated increasing attention within criminological circles in recent years. This book brings together original cutting-edge work that deals with global environmental harm from a wide variety of geographical and critical perspectives. It includes writers from countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States, South Africa, Japan, China, The Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom. The topics covered in the book are global, regional and local in nature, although in each case there are clear transnational or global dimensions.

The book explore topics that provide theoretical, methodological and substantive insights into the nature and dynamics of environmental harm, and the transference of this harm across regions, continents and globally. Specific topics include the criminal nature of global warming, an ethnographic study of pollution and consciousness of environmental harm, environmental destruction associated with huge industrial developments, chaos theory and environmental social justice, de-forestation as a global phenomenon, illegal trade in endangered species, and transference of toxicity.

The book as a whole reinforces the importance of eco-global criminology as a dynamic paradigm for theory and action on environmental issues in the 21st century. It features contributions from different parts of the world, each with its own unique perspective on and analysis of specific types of environmental harm. Global warming and the many environmental harms identified in this book are the vital issues of our age. Accordingly, the criminological perspectives presented herein are important both in discerning the nature and complexities of these harms and, ultimately, in forging responses to them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843927969
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob White is Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Tasmania, Australia. In addition to this he is the Director of both the Criminology Research Unit and the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations vii

List of figures and tables ix

Notes on contributors xi

Introduction Rob White xv

Part I Global problems

1 Globalisation and environmental harm Rob White 3

2 Equatorial deforestation as a harmful practice and a criminological issue Tim Boekhout van Solinge 20

3 The global transference of toxic harms Diane Heckenberg 37

4 Global warming, global crime: a green criminological perspective Michael J. Lynch Paul B. Stretesky 62

Part II Specific issues

5 The Canadian-Alberta tar sands: a case study of state-corporate environmental crime Russell Smandych Rodney Kueneman 87

6 The illegal reptile trade as a form of conservation crime: a South African criminological investigation Joe Herbig 110

7 The applicability of crime prevention to problems of environmental harm: a consideration of illicit trade in endangered species Melanie Wellsmith 132

8 The polluting behaviour of the multinational corporations in China Yang Shuqin 150

Part III Alternative visions

9 The indiscriminate criminalisation of environmentally beneficial activities Avi Brisman 161

10 The big grey elephants in the backyard of Huelva, Spain Lorenzo Natali 193

11 The criticality of global environmental crime and the response of chaos criminology Noriyoshi Takemura 210

12 The ecocidal tendencies of late modernity: transnational crime, social exclusion, victims and rights Nigel South 228

Index 249

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