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White, R and Hasler, O, Ecocide, The Routledge International Handbook of Violence Studies, Routledge, WS DeKeseredy, CM Rennison, AK Hall-Sanchez (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 309-319. ISBN 9781315270265 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315270265


This chapter aims to provide an introduction and outline of key elements and debates surrounding ecocide as an emergent concept within the field of criminology. It explores the development and definition of the concept of ecocide, its consequences, the link between ecocide and violence, and the relationship between ecocide and foreknowledge of such harm. Ecocide refers to significant destruction, degradation, and diminishment of the environment, in whole or in part as a result of human acts or omissions. Establishing the crime of ecocide is motivated by the need to respond to a singularly important trend: the existing planetary environment is rapidly being destroyed. Climate change and the gross exploitation of natural resources are leading to the general demise of the ecological status quo and, hence, increasing the need for the crime of ecocide. The causes of ecocide reside in dominant systems of production and consumption that are under the control of transnational corporations and powerful nation-states.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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)
UTAS Author:Hasler, O (Mrs Olivia Hasler)
ID Code:139255
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-06-03
Last Modified:2022-10-17

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