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Critical Criminology and the Struggle Against Climate Change Ecocide


White, R and Kramer, RC, Critical Criminology and the Struggle Against Climate Change Ecocide, Critical Criminology: International Journal, 23, (4) pp. 383-399. ISSN 1205-8629 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10612-015-9292-5


This article provides an outline for action against climate change ecocide. Critical criminology has primarily focussed on exposing the political economy surrounding global warming and the powerful interests that perpetuate harmful practices even in the light of overwhelming scientific evidence. Questions of activist intervention have been less forthcoming, although specific attention has been given to concepts such as ecocide to highlight the criminality and social and ecological injustices involved in ‘‘business as usual.’’ After discussing the nature and dynamics of the nation-state and global capitalism, the article then presents an action plan matrix that incorporates elements relating to law and legal reform, environmental law enforcement, courts and adjudication, and social action. The article argues for the necessity of greater integration of theory and practice through the development of a social praxis for climate change justice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:103425
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-10-09
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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