On Narrative and Green Cultural Criminology

  • Eastern Kentucky University
     United States


This paper calls for a green cultural criminology that is more attuned to narrative and a narrative criminology that does not limit itself to non-fictional stories of offenders. This paper argues that (1) narratives or stories can reveal how we have instigated or sustained harmful action with respect to the environment and can portray a world suffering from the failure to effect desistance from harmful action; and (2) narratives or stories can, may and possess the potential to shape future action (or can stimulate thought regarding future action) with respect to the natural world, its ecosystems and the biosphere as a whole. A wide range of fictional stories is offered as examples and illustrations, and the benefits of a literary bend to the overall criminological endeavor are considered.


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Published: 2017-05-22
Pages:64 to 77
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How to Cite
Brisman, A. (2017) “On Narrative and Green Cultural Criminology”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(2), pp. 64-77. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i2.347.

Author Biography

Eastern Kentucky University
 United States
Avi Brisman received a B.A. from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH), an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law (Hartford, CT), and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University (Atlanta, GA).  Dr. Brisman’s research interests include the anthropology of law, critical criminology, cultural criminology, and green criminology.  Within the area of green criminology, Dr. Brisman has written extensively on environmental rights, linkages between armed conflict and environmental degradation, representations of environmental crime and harm in film and literature, and individual and collective resistance to environmental crime and harm.  He is coeditor, with Nigel South, of the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology (2013), coeditor, with Nigel South and Rob White, of Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues (Ashgate, 2015), and coauthor, with Nigel South, of Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerismand Resistance to Ecocide (Routledge, 2014).