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Environmental Crime in Latin America

The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addresses timely issues such as: mining, pollution, trafficking and biodiversity

  • Discusses a broad range of critical theoretical perspectives

  • Draws on research from expert scholars in the field of Green Criminology

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology (PSGC)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land in Latin America

    • Avi Brisman, David Rodríguez Goyes, Hanneke Mol, Nigel South
    Pages 1-9
  3. Afterword

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 295-295
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 303-313

About this book

This book is the first green criminology text to focus specifically on Latin America. Green criminology has always adopted a broad horizon and explicitly emphasised that environmental crimes and harms affect countries and cultures around the world. The chapters collected here illuminate and describe the “theft of nature” and the “poisoning of the land” in Latin America through and from processes of agro-industry expansion, biopiracy, legal and illegal trafficking of free-born non-human animals, and mining. 

An interdisciplinary study, this collection draws on research from a wide range of international experts on not only green criminology, but also social justice, political ecology and sociology. An engaging and thought-provoking work, this book will be an essential text for anyone interested in current issues in environmental crime.

Keywords

  • crime
  • criminology
  • environment
  • social science
  • Latin America
  • Rainforests
  • Deforestation
  • sustainability
  • farming
  • water shortage
  • fishing
  • trafficking

Reviews

“This book provides much-needed breadth and depth to the field of green criminology, which aims to challenge and broaden how we see crimes against the environment, which stand out from other crimes by their extent over both places and time – affecting lands and generations far beyond specific violations. Nowhere is the gap between a crime’s impact and its punishment greater than on environmental crime, where even the most serious violations are rarely punished.” (Mark Ungar, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, clcjbooks.rutgers.edu, October, 2018)

“This edition is undeniably an important first step for advancing knowledge about environmental crimes in Latin America … . The cases in this book include illustrations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico. … The volume’s combination of theoretical reflections with case studies makes for a particularly engaging read that would benefit anyone interested in contemporary environmental problems in Latin America.” (Johanna Espin, Critical Criminology, Vol. 26, 2018)
Environmental Crime in Latin America offers an in-depth insight into the dark side of global interconnectedness, the illicit trade in wildlife, the  environmental damages of economic exploitation and the damaging impact these have on local communities. The editors should be congratulated for creating a text in green criminology which focuses on Latin America. Hopefully, others will follow in their footsteps.” (Professor Katja Franko, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo , Oslo, Norway

    David Rodríguez Goyes

  • Department of Social Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Hanneke Mol

  • School of Justice Studies, College of Justice and Safety, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, USA

    Avi Brisman

  • Department of Sociology, University of Essex , Colchester, United Kingdom

    Nigel South

About the editors

David Rodríguez Goyes is a PhD candidate at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, at the University of Oslo, Norway, and a lecturer at the Antonio Nariño University, Colombia.

 

Hanneke Mol is a Research Fellow in Environmental Justice at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 

 

Avi Brisman is Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, USA, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

 

Nigel South is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-55705-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)