The mutual benefits of green-cultural criminology

A green-cultural criminology: An exploratory outline

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“Green criminology” is concerned with crimes and harms affecting the natural environment, the planet, and the associated impacts on human and non-human life. Within the last two decades, “green criminology” has emerged as a distinctive area of study and it now draws together criminologists with a wide range of research interests and theoretical orientations

This article establishes a green-cultural criminology—an approach that seeks to incorporate a concern with the cultural significance of the environment, environmental crime, and environmental harm into the green criminological enterprise. Various typologies have been offered to deepen the understanding of environmental crimes and harms  The authors consider how to incorporate a concern with the cultural significance of the environment, environmental crime, and environmental harm into the green criminological enterprise. They outline that green criminology-cultural criminology cross-fertilization would be mutually beneficial.

 

 

Abstract

Within the last two decades, “green criminology” has emerged as a distinctive area of study, drawing together criminologists with a wide range of specific research interests and representing varying theoretical orientations. “Green criminology” spans the micro to the macro, from work on individual-level environmental crimes to business/corporate violations to state transgressions, and includes research conducted from both mainstream and critical theoretical perspectives, as well as arising out of interdisciplinary projects. With few exceptions, there has been little work attempting to explicitly or implicitly integrate cultural criminology with green criminology and vice versa. This article promulgates a green-cultural criminology—an approach that seeks to incorporate a concern with the cultural significance of the environment, environmental crime, and environmental harm into the green criminological enterprise. It begins by demonstrating how cultural criminology is, at some levels, already doing green criminology. It then attempts to map a green criminology onto several key dimensions of cultural criminology: (a) the contestation of space, transgression, and resistance; (b) the way(s) in which crime is constructed and represented by the media; and (c) patterns of constructed consumerism. This article concludes by showing how a green-criminology-cultural-criminology cross-fertilization would be mutually beneficial.

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Article details
Brisman, A., & South, N. (2013). A green-cultural criminology: An exploratory outline Crime, Media, Culture DOI: 10.1177/1741659012467026

 

 

     
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