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Land theft as rural eco-crime


White, R, Land theft as rural eco-crime, International Journal of Rural Criminology, 1, (2) pp. 203-217. ISSN 1835-6672 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Land grabbing in various forms is happening in many different parts of this globe. This involves ‘outsiders’ - nation-states as well as corporations - colluding with local domestic elites to radically alter existing land ownership and land uses. Contemporary forms of land theft take place under the guise of acquiring land for food and biofuels, and through imposition of resource extraction activities such as logging and mining. They also occur when land is sealed up for the purposes of carbon sequestration and for conservation. From the point of view of environmental justice, such land reconfigurations represent ‘theft’ insofar as they challenge the basic ways of life and subsistence abilities of traditional land owners. These stakeholders are generally vulnerable to land grabs by powerful interests, leading to immediate and longer term hardship. For green criminology, activity which diminishes social equity in the provision of healthy sustainable environments can be considered a type of eco-crime.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:land theft, land grabbing, environmental justice, green criminology, eco-crime conservation
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:83475
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2013-03-14
Last Modified:2013-08-27
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