This unique study of social harm offers a systematic and critical discussion of the nature of environmental harm from an eco-justice perspective, challenging conventional criminological definitions of environmental harm.
The book evaluates three interconnected justice-related approaches to environmental harm: environmental justice (humans), ecological justice (the environment) and species justice (non-human animals). It provides a critical assessment of environmental harm by interrogating key concepts and exploring how activists and social movements engage in the pursuit of justice. It concludes by describing the tensions between the different approaches and the importance of developing an eco-justice framework that to some extent can reconcile these differences.
Using empirical evidence built on theoretical foundations with examples and illustrations from many national contexts, ‘Environmental harm’ will be of interest to students and academics in criminology, sociology, law, geography, environmental studies, philosophy and social policy all over the world.
Rob White is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He is author of Transnational Environmental Crime: Toward an eco-global criminology (2011) and Crimes Against Nature (2008), as well as editor of Climate Change from a Criminological Perspective (2012), Global Environmental Harm (2010) and Environmental Crime: A Reader (2009).
Justice-based approaches to environmental harm;
Environmental justice and harm to humans;
Conservation, ecological justice and harm to nature;
Species justice and harm to animals;
Toward eco-justice for all
"Provides another cogent argument for considering social justice and environmental sustainability as aspects of an integrated system." - Journal of Social Policy
"Rob White provides a magisterial overview of the promise and the performance of recent green writing about environmental, ecological and species justice. His insight is keen and genuine, his commentary on difficult and troubling issues always fair-minded." Professor Piers Beirne, University of Southern Maine
"A concise and practical read that handily summarizes key arguments and debates that any green criminologist or environmental harm researcher should be aware of." Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books blog
"Rob White has been at the forefront of green criminology, developing frameworks of analysis for understanding ecological degradation. In this book, he blazes an important new trail, establishing a moral basis for action." Avi Brisman, Eastern Kentucky University