A Proposal for the Political Economy of Green Criminology: Capitalism and the Case of the Alberta Tar Sands

Lynch, Michael, Stretesky, Paul and Long, Michael (2016) A Proposal for the Political Economy of Green Criminology: Capitalism and the Case of the Alberta Tar Sands. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 58 (2). pp. 137-160. ISSN 1707-7753

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/cjccj.2014.E38


Green criminology was proposed in 1990 to broaden the discipline and illustrate how environmental crime, deviance, and inequality can be interpreted through a critical lens influenced by political economic theory. Green criminology has yet to fulfill that theoretical promise. Instead, the political economic perspective on green criminology remains underdeveloped. The purpose of this work is to contribute to further development of a political economic green criminology by laying out the connection between ecological Marxism and green criminology. To carry out this task we describe five propositions that criminologists must consider when developing a green criminology from a political economic perspective. Importantly, these propositions suggest that the environmentally destructive forces of capitalism are opposed to nature. That is, we argue that green criminologists must come to recognize that capitalism and nature cannot both survive over the long run, and in criminological terms, capitalism is therefore a crime against nature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Stretesky
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 08:52
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 23:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24023

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