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Climate Change Criminology$
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Rob White

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203950

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203950.001.0001

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Climate change and criminology

Climate change and criminology

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Climate Change Criminology

Rob White

Policy Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the concept of Climate Change Criminology. Climate Change Criminology rests upon the four pillars of crime and harm; global connectedness and ecological justice; causes and consequences; and power and interests. These are separate but inextricably linked domains of analysis, interpretation, and critique. Each area demands novel ways of thinking about the problem, employing methods and approaches that necessarily push the boundaries of contemporary criminological theory and the purview of modern criminal justice institutions. In several important respects, Climate Change Criminology parallels work which focuses on ‘social harm’ as a constitutive concept. What makes a social harm ‘social’ is the fact that it does not stem from natural causes; it is intrinsically caused by humans. Analysis and response to this is central to the project of Climate Change Criminology.

Keywords:   Climate Change Criminology, global connectedness, ecological justice, criminological theory, criminal justice institutions, social harm

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