Environmental Law, Crime, and Justice

Environmental Law, Crime, and Justice

Environmental Law, Crime, and Justice

Environmental Law, Crime, and Justice

Synopsis

This second edition provides data documenting trends in pollution and environmental enforcement. Integrates recent developments in green criminology to analyze harms associated with air, land, and water pollution, and inclusion of new topics such as climate change and the role of powerful actors and civil society in shaping environmental law. It remains a timely appraisal of environmental policing, contemporary environmental law, environmental policy, and environmental justice, blending together areas that are often treated or studied individually or in isolation from one another. Designed for classroom use, Environmental Law, Crime and Justice exposes readers to the variety of issues that are important in reducing environmental crime. The text illustrates the serious nature of emerging environmental problems and demonstrates how students can become involved in studying environmental crime, law and justice.

Excerpt

Over the past twenty years, green criminology has emerged and developed into a specialized field of interest within criminology. In updating this book, we have paid greater attention to integrating green criminological research with more traditional forms of research on environmental matters related to law, crime and justice. In our view, this makes this a unique work that explores environmental law, crime and justice from multiple perspectives. It is not, strictly speaking, a textbook, though we have written this book in accessible language so that it may be used in the classroom. But this book also includes our own unique theoretical ideas, and example of applications employing original research. Thus, the book is more than a text on environmental law, crime and justice – it is also a place where we explore the boundaries of this type of research, illustrate its uses, and engage in discussions unique to this work.

Since the last edition of this book, we have each contributed to the further development of green criminology, and we view this work as a transition between some of our more straight-forward green criminological research and more traditional forms of environmental social problem analysis. These issues are now described more completely in chapter 1. We have now integrated more materials from the green criminological literature throughout the book, and include more extensive coverage of green criminology in our discussion of environmental theories.

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