520.2 Environmental activism and eco-global criminology: A visual approach

Friday, August 3, 2012: 10:57 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Oral Presentation
  Criminologist Rob White (2011) defines eco-global criminology as that field of criminology concerned with eco-justice and ecological issues – such as those relating to climate change, biodiversity, waste and pollution. In this framework of analysis, environmental activism is very relevant and crucial to prompt environmental reforms and social change: in fact, in the same manner as eco-global criminology, environmental activism deals not only with acts and omissions that are already criminalized (such as illegal dumping of toxic waste), but also with events that have yet to be designed officially as harmful and that show evidence of exhibiting potentially negative consequences. 
  From a different tradition, criminologists Jeff Ferrell, Keith Hayward and Jock Young (2008) remind us that the everyday experience of late modernity is certainly suffused with images, and, specifically, with images of crime. And they wonder: “How, today, can there be a viable criminology that is not also a visual criminology?”. Following a broad definition of visual criminology, it is that branch of criminology which studies the use of visual materials, photography, videos and new media to explore the complex dimensions of crime and justice. 
  Crossing the interdisciplinary fields sketched, in this contribution we’ll explore the ways in which environmental activists respond to environmental crimes, build spaces of resistance to environmental destruction and use photography, video and new media to confront the harms of environmental injustice and inequality. Moreover we’ll suggest that also in the field of eco-global criminology it is important to imagine new visual methods for engaging with the problems of crime and justice, moving towards approaches able to account for environmental crime, transgressions and victimization as they are lived under contemporary circumstances.