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Water theft in rural contexts


White, R, Water theft in rural contexts, International Journal of Rural Criminology, 5, (1) pp. 140-159. ISSN 1835-6672 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.18061/1811/88725


Water theft is a phenomenon that is set to grow in the light of climate change, chronic drought, freshwater scarcity, and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing upon recent developments pertaining to poor regulation and the stealing of water from the Murray-Darling river system in Australia, this paper explores the cultural and political economic dimensions of water theft in the context of rurality and criminality. Framed within the overarching perspective of green criminology, the article examines water theft through the lens of rural folk crime as well as failures of regulation and environmental law enforcement. It raises issues relating to the social construction of victims of water theft, human (such as Indigenous people) and non-human (such as ecosystems). This article argues that the geographical location of water theft is integral to the dynamics of the harms committed, and the response of both governments and residents to the crime.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:water theft, green criminology, rural folk crime, Murray-Darling river, environmental regulation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
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:136984
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-01-24
Last Modified:2020-05-27
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