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Criminological perspectives on climate change, violence and ecocide


White, R, Criminological perspectives on climate change, violence and ecocide, Current Climate Change Reports, 3, (4) pp. 243-251. ISSN 2198-6061 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s40641-017-0075-9


Purpose of Review: The object of this article is to review recent criminological writings on climate change and its implications for violence.

Recent Findings: Criminological literature tends to focus on either the negative consequences of climate change, such as for example an increase in violence due to increases in warm temperatures, or the causes of global warming, such as activities and omissions by nation-states and transnational corporations that foster ongoing carbon emissions.

Summary: The article provides insight into climate change-related crimes through the lens of criminology. It does this by examining the relationship between temperature changes and human behaviour, climate change and social strains, and the re-casting of crimes of the powerful as ecocide since they contribute to global warming. Related issues pertaining to contrarianism and the securitisation of natural resources, both of which protect and sustain particular sectional interests rather than the public interest, are also considered.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:criminology, climate change, violence ecocide, crimes of the powerful
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminological theories
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:121991
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-25
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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