Monthly Archives

September 2012

Welcome to the new website for the International Green Criminology Working Group!

Welcome to the new website for the IGCWG. This site hopes to serve not only as a headquarter for the group, but also as a general educational site about Green Criminology. We have lots of resources available for students, teachers, and anyone else interested in the topic – including a dictionary of terms related to Green Criminology and the environment, a database of free to use images, a blog of environmental news, and more.One of the features we are most proud of is the Green Criminology Monthly. This is a free online journal written and published once a month by the members of the IGCWG. Our first issue, Contested Illnesses: A Review and Implications for Green Criminology by Michael J. Lynch, is out now.

We also have a forum for discussion of group activity, and Green Criminology news and events. Its free to join the IGCWG and participate in the group, and can easily be done by following our registration link. is a continual work in progress – over time we will be updating and expanding our databases with new content, with out ultimate goal to be the best educational resource for Green Criminology on the Internet. If you have any content you would like to submit, or any suggestions, please email us at greencriminology @, and we will get back to you quickly.

This site was made possible by generous donations from members and people who contributed to our Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project was launched on June 18th, 2012, after months of planning and closed a month later on July 18th, reaching 115% of its funding goal. The Kickstarter project was developed by Michael J. Lynch and Vincent Lynch, and the website developed by Vincent…

Green Criminology Monthly #1 – September 2012

Welcome to the very first publication of The Green Criminology Monthly. Written and reviewed by the members of the International Green Criminology Working Group, The Green Criminology Monthly is a source of original research and publication on green criminology, environmental crime, and other issues concerning criminology. Each month a issue of this publication will be posted to our blog.

This first article was written by Michael J. Lynch, Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida and has been studying Green Criminology for multiple decades.

The article is available below in its full form, and is also available as a downloadable PDF and DOC file on our Monthly Archive Page.

Contested Illnesses:
A Review and Implications for Green Criminology
– A Discussion of the book, Contested Illnesses
Michael J. Lynch
Department of Criminology
University of SouthFlorida
Brown, Phil, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Stephen Zavestoski and the Contested Illness Research Group (eds). 2012. Contested Illnesses: Citizens, Science and Health Social Movements. Berkeley:UniversityofCaliforniaPress. ISBN; 978-0-520-27021-3 pbk.  324.


In this post I provide an extensive analysis of a recent book, Contested Illnesses. In my opinion, this book has important implications for and connections to radical/critical criminology and green criminology, and the concern these criminological approaches share related to social, economic, environmental and health justice. Contested illnesses involve the decision making process surrounding the making of public health policy, and the conflicts and various value positions those public health decisions reference and incorporate. Thus, the story of a contested illness refers to the ways in which various interests are played out in the making of environmental and public health regulations, the social justice implications of the public health regulatory process, and the role that science and affected…

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