Dirty collar crime and the environment

Walters, Reece (2012) Dirty collar crime and the environment. In Proceedings of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : An International Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 103-112.

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In 2010, Vincent Ruggiero and Nigel South coined the term ‘dirty collar crime’ to define corporate entrepreneurs that monopolise waste disposal companies and profit from illegal environmental activities. This paper explores the ways in which ‘the environment’ has become big business for organised criminal enterprises. It draws on original fieldwork conducted in Italy and examines the exploits of the ‘eco mafia’. It concludes that the fluidity associated with term ‘environment’ and its cavalier usage in political and public discourse creates ambivalence for regulation and protection. Whilst trade continues to assert an international priority within the landscapes of global economics and fiscal prosperity; organized environmental crime takes advantage of growing markets. As a result, movements of environmental activism emerge as the new front in the surveillance, regulation and prosecution of organised environmental crime. Such voices must continue to be central to future green criminological perspectives that seek environmental, ecological and species justice.

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ID Code: 53418
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: eco-justice, environmental crime, dirty collar crime, Transnational Organized Environmental Crime, Illegal waste disposal
ISSN: 9780987153333
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Reece Walters
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2012 22:59
Last Modified: 14 May 2013 01:26

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