Hot off the Press: Criminology and the Anthropocene

22 Jan 2018 - 10:00

Criminology and the Anthropocene is a newly published book edited by Cameron Holley and Clifford Shearing, both of the Global Risk Governance programme. The book contains eight chapters and is published by Routledge Publishers.

"The Anthropocene signals a new age in Earth’s history, a human age, where we are revealed as a powerful force shaping planetary systems. What might criminology be in the Anthropocene? What does the Anthropocene suggest for future theory and practice of criminology? This book seeks to contribute to this research agenda by examining, contrasting and interrogating different vantage points, aspects and thinking within criminology.

Bringing together a range of multidisciplinary chapters at the cutting edge of thinking and environmental rethinking in criminology, this book explores a mix of key intractable problems of the Anthropocene, including climate change and overexploitation of natural resources that cause environmental insecurities; crime and corruption; related human insecurity and fortressed spaces; and the rise of new risks and social harms.

Of interest to scholars in the fields of criminology, sociology and environmental studies, this book provides readers with a basis for analysing the challenges of, and possible approaches to, the Anthropocene at all levels (local, national, regional and international) and discusses the future(s) of criminology for improving social policies and practices".

The book is divided into the following chapters:

1. Thriving on a Pale Blue Dot: Criminology and the Anthropocene (Cameron Holley and Clifford Shearing)

2. Autosarcophagy in the Anthropocene and the Obscenity of an Epoch (Avi Brisman and Nigel South)

3. Carbon Criminals, Ecocide and Climate Justice (Rob White)

4. Moving Towards Ecological Regulation: The Role of Criminalisation (Fiona Haines and Christine Parker)

5. Bentham in the Anthropocene: Imagining a Sustainable Criminal Justice (Pat O’Malley)

6. Cities, Walls and the Anthropocene: When Consciousness and Purpose Fail to Coincide (Monique Marks, Rachel Matteau Matsha and Andrew Caruso)

7. Temporalities in Security: Long-Term Sustainability, the Everyday and the Emergent in the Anthropocene (Adam Crawford)

8. Politics of Anthropocene and Lessons for Criminology (Janet Chan)

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