Blaming the Poor for Biodiversity Loss: A Political Economic Critique of the Study of Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking

Lynch, Michael, Stretesky, Paul and Long, Michael (2017) Blaming the Poor for Biodiversity Loss: A Political Economic Critique of the Study of Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. ISSN 1759-8273 (In Press)

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Abstract

Biodiversity has become a topic of study in a variety of disciplines. Within criminology the study of biodiversity loss is often emphasized in the poaching literature. However, an alternative perspective on the political economy of biodiversity loss exists within criminology. While both approaches to biodiversity provide important information for the discipline of criminology, the implications of those approaches have very different implications for environmental discourse related to poverty and social justice. We suggest that poaching studies be viewed with caution as there is a possibility that those studies can be used to ‘blame the poor’ for biodiversity loss.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental justice, radical political ecology, critical criminology, Brundtland report
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
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Depositing User: Paul Stretesky
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 14:02
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2017 05:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27150

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