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November 2012

Today at the ASC: Ideas for Recycling/Greener Efforts at the ASC Meetings

 
There will be a special round table today on the topic of reducing waste generated at ASC and improving recycling at the conference. Please see the details from our Sessions Database below:

Session Title:Ideas for Recycling/Greener Efforts at the ASC Meetings

Date & Time:Fri, Nov 16 – 11:00am – 12:20pm
Location: Burnham 5, 7th Floor

Abstract:A special round table discussion on how to reduce waste at the ASC. Look for our signs and spread the GREENER message!

Session Participants:
Meredith Worthen and Jessica Hodge (in…

Announcing A New Book on Green Criminology, Eco-Global Crimes.

Eco-Global Crimes: Contemporary Problems and Future Challenges, is the first book in the Ashgate Green Criminology Series. Eco-Global Crimes “uses empirical and theoretical arguments to discuss the multi-dimensional character of eco-global crime. It provides an overview of eco-global crimes and discusses them from a justice perspective. The persistence of animal abuse and speciesism are also examined together with policies aimed at controlling the natural world and plant species. Pollution by large corporations, rights of indigenous peoples and the damage caused by the mineral extraction are also considered.”

Eco-Global Crimes is edited by Rune Ellefsen, Guri Larsen, and Ragnhild Aslaug Sollund, who are all from the University of Oslo, and contains chapters from over ten other members in the fields of green and eco-global criminology. “Providing new ideas and insights which will be relevant on a global scale, this book is an interesting and useful study of the exploitation of nature and other species. It will be invaluable for students and scholars globally, working within or connected to the field of green and eco-global criminology. The book will also be important for the participants of various social movements, especially the environmental and animal advocacy movements.”

An outline of its contents had been provided by Ashgate Publishing:
Contents: Preface; Part I Introduction to Eco-Global Criminology: Introduction, Ragnhild Aslaug Sollund; The foundations of eco-global criminology, Rob White; The most serious crime: eco-genocide concepts and perspectives in eco-global criminology, Guri Larsen; Constructing a meta-history of eco-global criminology: on brute criminologists, mortified bunnies, nature and its discontent, Per Jørgen Ystehede. Part II Speciesism, Animal Abuse and Social Movements: The rhetorical making of a crime called speciesism: the reception of ‘animal liberation’, Kristian Bjørkdahl; Speciesism as doxic practice versus valuing…

The Green Criminology Monthly #3 – November 2012

This is the third issue of The Green Criminology Monthly by the IGCWG. 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.

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.

Pushing the boundaries of (a) Green Criminology:
Environmental harm as a cause of crime.
Dr. Gary R. Potter
Department of Social Sciences
London South Bank University
Elsewhere on this site, I have addressed the question ‘What is Green Criminology?’, but here I want to suggest that my previous definition, whilst reflecting much (probably most, but by no means all) of the work of green criminologists to date, perhaps sells the idea of a green criminology short. Rather than seeing green criminology as “the analysis of environmental harms from a criminological perspective, or the application of criminological thought to environmental issues”, perhaps a better definition – or conceptual framework – would be the application of an ecological perspective to the problem of ‘crime’ in general. This can encompass everything within the earlier definition, but can also include a whole lot more. To put it another way, I would like to suggest that there is more to a green criminology than just the focus on green crime.

Let us explore this idea further by reference to one well-established typology of ‘green crime’ developed by Nigel South and colleagues in the book “Criminology: A Sociological Introduction” (Carrabine et al. 2004, Routledge). This contribution is particularly noteworthy as the first example of green criminology covered in some depth in a general criminology textbook, but is useful for current…

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