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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