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An Introduction to Green Criminology and Environmental Justice

An Introduction to Green Criminology and Environmental Justice

December 2015 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

A comprehensive introduction to green criminology, this book is a discussion of the relationship between mainstream criminal justice and green crimes.

Focused on environmental harm within the context of criminal justice this book takes a global perspective and

  • Introduces students to different theoretical perspectives in green criminology
  • Looks at the victims of environmental crime throughout
  • Covers topics such as; wildlife crimes, animal abuse, the causes of environmental crime, regulation, exploitation, environmental activism, policing, prosecution and monitoring.

Designed to help readers develop a thorough understanding of the principles of environmental justice and green criminology, as well as contemporary developments, this book will be excellent support to students of green criminology and environmental crime.

Part 1: Introduction and Theory
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Green Criminological Theories
Chapter 2: Species Justice: Animal Rights, Animal Abuse and Violence Towards Humans
Chapter 3: The Causes of Environmental Crime and Criminality
Part 2: Environmental Crime as Global Crime
Chapter 4: The Future Protection of Wildlife: Resolving Wildlife Crime and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Chapter 5: Regulating Environmental Harm: Environmental Crime and Governance
Chapter 6: The Criminal Exploitation of Natural Resources
Chapter 7: Climate Change and Environmental Damage
Part 3: Policing, Prosecution and Monitoring Environmental Crime
Chapter 8: The Green Movement: NGOs and Environmental Justice
Chapter 9: Investigating Environmental Crime
Chapter 10: Repairing the Harm: Restorative Justice and Environmental Courts

An Introduction to Green Criminology and Environmental Justice represents a thoughtful and valuable addition to what is now the growing corpus of introductory texts in this developing and vitally important field of study. Nurse covers the main issues in green criminology in a well written and brief introductory chapter. He then continues to address a number of varied but extremely interesting and pertinent issues that I think will greatly interest students as well as those working in regulatory and policy areas, academics, or indeed readers in general. Nurse combines an introductory scoping of what green criminology is with a broad interdisciplinary perspective on how masculinities contribute to environmental criminality, how animal rights and animal abuse can and should be re-thought from a (green) criminological perspective, as well as an examination of the socio-cultural significance of climate change denial, along with other chapters on biopiracy, corporate and white collar offending, and the problem of pollution and trade in waste. This book is highlighted by a concentration on the positive aspects of regulation and the role of extra-legal judicial agencies and actors as providing important and positive solutions to the issues and problems brought to light by green criminologists, a very significant perspective given what can be the neutralising and sometimes depressing nature of these types of crimes and criminality. A very highly recommended text.'


Melissa Deary
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Hull

SAGE Publications has published this attractive little book on green criminology at a very reasonable price and at a level of law that can be understood by almost everybody... This book, packed full of strands of criminological trends, is a really good introduction to this vast subject.

Sally Ramage
The Criminal Lawyer

A solid introduction to criminology and its environmental impact.

Ms Kelly Stewart
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Central Lancashire
May 12, 2020

Covers the area very well, both theory, practise, enforcement. Good pedagogical features and interesting case studies.

Dr Maria Kaspersson
Law and Criminology, Greenwich University
September 22, 2016

Grimsby University Centre is developing a 'Green Criminology' module as part of its BA Criminological Studies with Social Science degree. This book will underpin this module and will be one of the essential texts. It is clear, concise and relevant.

Mr Darren Woodward
Social Science , Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
June 23, 2016

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