Environmental Harm: An Eco-justice Perspective

Environmental Harm: An Eco-justice Perspective

by Rob White


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447300410
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2015
Series: Studies in Social Harm Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxes

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                Environmental harm and social harm approaches

                Green criminology and environmental harm

                An eco-justice perspective

                Conflicting views and moral dilemmas

1              Justice-based approaches to environmental harm


                Components of an eco-justice perspective

                Contentious concepts

                Key questions about harm

                The moral calculus: weighing up the harm


2              Environmental justice and harm to humans


                Contentious concepts: environmental justice

                Social patterns of harm and risk

                Harm, place and the local

                Transborder conflicts over land

                Conclusion: measuring the value of human life

3              Conservation, ecological justice and harm to nature


                Contentious concepts: ecological justice

                Transforming nature

                Land, property and the global commons

                Conservationism and social division

                Conclusion: measuring the value of nature

4              Species justice and harm to animals


                Contentious concepts: species justice

                Categorising animals

                Crime, criminology and animals

                Animals, particular species and individuals

                Conclusion: measuring the value of animals

5              Toward eco-justice for all


                Contentious concepts: eco-justice

                Nature, species and culture

                Socio-economic context of environmental harm

                Eco-justice in practice

                Conclusion: where to from here?



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