Is it a Crime to Produce Ecological Disorganization? Why Green Criminology and Political Economy Matter in the Analysis of Global Ecological Harms

Lynch, Michael, Long, Michael, Barrett, Kimberly and Stretesky, Paul (2013) Is it a Crime to Produce Ecological Disorganization? Why Green Criminology and Political Economy Matter in the Analysis of Global Ecological Harms. British Journal of Criminology, 53 (6). pp. 997-1016. ISSN 0007-0955

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azt051

Abstract

We argue in this paper for a political economic approach to the study of global ecological crimes. Green criminological studies often employ case study approaches which help explain a particular green crime; however, these studies lack a coherent theoretical basis. Based on ecological Marxism and treadmill of production approaches, we outline a theoretical approach for green criminology that focuses on crimes of ecological disorganization—that is, green harms that are the result of organizing the productive forces of the economy in a manner that is consistent with capitalism. We conclude that, to truly understand and remedy green harms, a focus on political economy is necessary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: green criminology, political economy, ecological disorganization, treadmill of production
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 11:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24031

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