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Ecocentrism and criminal justice


White, R, Ecocentrism and criminal justice, Theoretical Criminology, 22, (3) pp. 342-362. ISSN 1362-4806 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1362480618787178


Ecocentrism refers to valuing nature for its own sake. This ecophilosophical orientation requires that all social practices incorporate ecological sensitivities and heightened awareness of the intrinsic value of non-human entities. This article explores what ecocentrism means for criminal justice and how the core principles of an ecocentric worldview translate into concrete application. Trends within criminal justice that are broadly supportive or reflective of ecocentrism are summarized. The article also considers the limitations of ecocentrism, particularly in the context of criminal law and in regards to the prosecution of human subjects for environmental offences. A basic premise of the article is that for those interested in eco-justice and green criminology, it is vitally important to describe what an eco-just future might look like, and this includes recognition of and support for already existing ecocentric initiatives evident in some policies and practices across criminal justice institutions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Criminal justice, ecocentrism, environmental harm, green criminology, intrinsic value
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminological theories
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:130262
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-18
Last Modified:2019-05-01

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