In 1998 the journal Theoretical Criminology published an innovative special issue on green criminology, which was compiled by two of the editors of the present collection. The focus of that special issue was a plea for the theoretical development of green criminological approaches to our relationships with ‘nature’, including how we adversely affect the state of the environment and the lives of nonhuman animals (henceforth, ‘animals’). Work in this new field has since continued apace. The study of harms against humanity, the environment and other species – inflicted systematically by powerful profit-seeking entities and on an everyday basis by ordinary people – is increasingly seen as a social concern of extraordinary importance. Green criminology matters! ...
Special Edition: Green Criminology Matters, Guest Editors’ Introduction
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