Issues in Green Criminology: Confronting Harms Against Environments, Humanity and Other Animals

Front Cover
Piers Beirne, Nigel South
Willan Pub., Jan 1, 2007 - Nature - 317 pages
2 Reviews

Issues in Green Criminology: confronting harms against environments, humanity and other animals aims to provide, if not a manifesto, then at least a significant resource for thinking about green criminology, a rapidly developing field.

It offers a set of specially written introductions and a variety of current and new directions, wide-ranging in scope and international in terms of coverage and contributors. It provides focused discussions of current and cutting edge issues that will influence the emergence of a coherent perspective on green issues. The contributors are drawn from the leading thinkers in the field. The twelve chapters of the book explore the myriad ways in which governments, transnational corporations, military apparatuses and ordinary people going about their everyday lives routinely harm environments, other animals and humanity.

The book will be essential reading not only for students taking courses in colleges and universities but also for activists in the environmental and animal rights movements. Its concern is with an ever-expanding agenda − the whys, the hows and the whens of the generation and control of the many aspects of harm to environments, ecological systems and all species of animals, including humans. These harms include, but are not limited to, exploitation, modes of discrimination and disempowerment, degradation, abuse, exclusion, pain, injury, loss and suffering. Straddling and intersecting these many forms of harm are key concepts for a green criminology such as gender inequalities, racism, dominionism and speciesism, classism, the north/south divide, the accountability of science, and the ethics of global capitalist expansion.

Green criminology has the potential to provide not only a different way of examining and making sense of various forms of crime and control responses (some well known, others less so) but can also make explicable much wider connections that are not generally well understood. As all societies face up to the need to confront harms against environments, other animals and humanity, criminology will have a major role to play. This book will be an essential part of this process.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - PoliticalMediaReview - LibraryThing

This edited collection draws together works from scholars involved in ‘green criminology’. Green criminology studies how governments, corporations, military complexes and human consumption harm the ... Read full review

References to this book

About the author (2007)

Piers Beirne is Professor of Criminology and Legal Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

Nigel South is Pro Vice Chancellor of the Department of Sociology at Essex University. His recent books include Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, with E. Carrabine, P. Iganski, M. Lee and K. Plummer (Routledge, 2004), Drug Use and Cultural Contexts - Beyond the West, with R. Coomber (Free Association Books, 2004), Crime in Modern Britain, with E. Carrabine, P. Cox and M. Lee (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Bibliographic information