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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Green Criminology: Reflections, Connections, Horizons


This paper traces aspects of the development of a ‘green’ criminology. It starts with personal reflections and then describes the emergence of explicit statements of a green criminological perspective. Initially these statements were independently voiced, in different parts of the world but they reflected shared concerns. These works have found unification as a ‘green’, ‘eco-global’ or ‘conservation’ criminology. The paper reviews the classifications available when talking about not only legally-defined crimes but also legally perpetrated harms, as well as typologies of such harms and crimes. It then looks at the integration of ‘green’ and ‘traditional’ criminological thinking before briefly exploring four dimensions of concern for today and the future.

DOI: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v3i2.172

Pages:5 to 20
Section: Articles


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Author Biography

Professor South has taught at various universities in London and New York and between 1981 and 1990 worked as a Research Sociologist at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (now Drugscope), London, before joining the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex in 1990. He has previously served on the editorial boards of Sociology, The International Journal of Drug Policy, and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, and continues to serve on the board of Critical Criminology, now as European Editor, and as an Associate Editor of the USA journal, Deviant Behavior. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and in 2013 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology. At the University of Essex he has served as Director of the Health and Social Services Institute,Head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, Director of Health Partnerships, and Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Law and Management, and Academic Partnerships.
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