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August 2013

Special Critical Criminology Issue With New Green Crim Article

A special issue of “Critical Criminology” contains a new article by Vincenzo Ruggiero and ICGWG member Nigel South titled “Green Criminology and Crimes of the Economy: Theory, Research and Praxis”, that we are very excited to announce.

“This paper describes several key developments and dimensions in the field of ‘green criminology’ and discusses some of the relevant debates and controversies arising. It then outlines overlaps and connections with other areas of work within critical criminology. The central focus of the paper is on crimes of the economy as they affect the environment and a substantive, illustrative case study is provided on environmental crimes and harms asso- ciated with the oil industry. The paper concludes with some critical observations on where directions in theory, policy and practice may need to turn in a post-growth world.”

A sample of the article is available here (click “Look Inside”).

The entire issue and articles are available for purchase online here, with free samples of each article.

The Green Criminology Monthly #11 – July 2013 – Green Crimes as Invisible Crimes

Welcome to the eleventh 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 file on our Monthly Archive Page.

Green Crimes as Invisible Crimes
Tanya Wyatt

Department of Social Sciences and Languages
Northumbria University

In 1999, Jupp et al theorized as to why certain crimes and harms remain hidden from public knowledge and scrutiny though they cause suffering and victimization. Drawing on the work of Pearce (1976) and his explorations of crimes of the powerful, they developed the seven features of invisibility that interact to in effect make these crimes and harms ‘invisible’ though there is awareness of their existence. Their examples included violence against women, health and safety violations, and white-collar crime. In this short essay, I will be applying the seven features that make a crime invisible to green crimes in general. First, I will summarize what the seven features are and then I will go through each in turn using various examples of green crimes to illustrate the applicability of the feature.

The Seven Features of Invisibility

As Michael Long indicated in last month’s post, crime is a social and political construction and this is connected to the actions of powerful people who are able to control what is and is not defined as a crime (Pearce 1976). Additionally, Jupp et al (1999) argue even if something is criminalized, powerful actors are able to keep these crimes (and harms) hidden. They propose there are seven features that contribute to the invisibility of crimes – they are: no knowledge, no…

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