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Crimes of the Powerful


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Crimes of the Powerful encompasses the harmful, injurious, and victimizing behaviors perpetrated by privately or publicly operated businesses, corporations, and organizations as well as the state mediated administrative, legalistic, and political responses to these crimes.

The series draws attention to the commonalities of the theories, practices, and controls of the crimes of the powerful. It focuses on the overlapping spheres and inter-related worlds of a wide array of existing and recently developing areas of social, historical, and behavioral inquiry into the wrongdoings of multinational organizations, nation-states, stateless regimes, illegal networks, financialization, globalization, and securitization.

These examinations of the crimes of the powerful straddle a variety of related disciplines and areas of academic interest, including studies in criminology and criminal justice; law and human rights; conflict, peace, and security; economic change, environmental decay, and global sustainability.

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State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners: On the Role Played by Amnesty International in Brazil During the Dictatorship (1964–1985)

State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners: On the Role Played by Amnesty International in Brazil During the Dictatorship (1964–1985)

1st Edition

Renata Meirelles
October 07, 2019

State Violence, Torture, and Political Prisoners discusses the activities of Amnesty International during the period of Brazil’s dictatorship (1964–1985). During the dictatorship, Amnesty assisted political prisoners who were submitted to torture and helped to publicise charges of torture against...

State Crime and Civil Activism: On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance

State Crime and Civil Activism: On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance

1st Edition

Penny Green, Tony Ward
April 24, 2019

State Crime and Civil Activism explores the work of non-government organisations (NGOs) challenging state violence and corruption in six countries – Colombia, Tunisia, Kenya, Turkey, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. It discusses the motives and methods of activists, and how they document and criticise...

Sustainable Development as Environmental Harm: Rights, Regulation, and Injustice in the Canadian Oil Sands

Sustainable Development as Environmental Harm: Rights, Regulation, and Injustice in the Canadian Oil Sands

1st Edition

James Heydon
March 26, 2019

In this in-depth analysis of First Nations opposition to the oil sands industry, James Heydon offers detailed empirical insight into Canadian oil sands regulation. The environmental consequences of the oil sands industry have been thoroughly explored by scholars from a variety of disciplines....

The Crime of Maldevelopment: Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South

The Crime of Maldevelopment: Economic Deregulation and Violence in the Global South

1st Edition

María Laura Böhm
September 19, 2018

This book explores the causal relationship between the deregulation of international economic interests and the forms of violence that prevail in a large part of the Global South. More specifically, this book tells the story of how transnational corporations benefitting from increasing deregulation...

Natural Resources, Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America: Exploring the Boundaries of Environmental and State-Corporate Crime in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico

Natural Resources, Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Latin America: Exploring the Boundaries of Environmental and State-Corporate Crime in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico

1st Edition

Marcela Torres Wong
August 31, 2018

In 1989, the International Labor Organization stated that all indigenous peoples living in the postcolonial world were entitled to the right to prior consultation, over activities that could potentially impact their territories and traditional livelihoods. However, in many cases the economic...

Torture as State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer

Torture as State Crime: A Criminological Analysis of the Transnational Institutional Torturer

1st Edition

Melanie Collard
July 26, 2018

Can we understand torture by focusing on the torture chamber or even on the states in which it is practiced, or do we have to consider the wider political context in which it is embedded? This is the central question of this book which explores concepts of state crime for understanding and...

Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance

Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance

1st Edition

Steven Bittle, Laureen Snider, Steve Tombs, David Whyte
June 14, 2018

Frank Pearce was the first scholar to use the term 'crimes of the powerful.' His ground-breaking book of the same name provided insightful critiques of liberal orthodox criminology, particularly in relation to labelling theory and symbolic interactionism, while making important contributions to...

Market Criminology: State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry

Market Criminology: State-Corporate Crime in the Petroleum Extraction Industry

1st Edition

Ifeanyi Ezeonu
April 05, 2018

Building on original research into the petroleum industry and on the theory of crimes of globalization, this book introduces the concept of Market Criminology: the criminology of preventable market-generated harms and the criminogenic effects of market rationality in variegated forms of capitalism....

State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood: The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death

State-Corporate Crime and the Commodification of Victimhood: The Toxic Legacy of Trafigura’s Ship of Death

1st Edition

Thomas MacManus
February 06, 2018

This book highlights the continuing impunity enjoyed by corporations for large scale crimes, and in particular the crime of toxic waste dumping in Ivory Coast in 2006. It provides an account of the crime, and outlines contributory reasons for the impunity both under the law and from a...

Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation: Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict

Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation: Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict

1st Edition

Kristian Lasslett
November 16, 2017

From the social cleansing of cities through to indigenous land struggles at the frontline of extraction megaprojects, planetary urbanisation is a contested process that is radically shaping social life and the sustainability of human civilisation. In this pioneering intervention, it is maintained...

Unchecked Corporate Power: Why the Crimes of Multinational Corporations Are Routinized Away and What We Can Do About It

Unchecked Corporate Power: Why the Crimes of Multinational Corporations Are Routinized Away and What We Can Do About It

1st Edition

Gregg Barak
February 21, 2017

Why are crimes of the suite punished more leniently than crimes of the street? When police killings of citizens go unpunished, political torture is sanctioned by the state, and the financial frauds of Wall Street traders remain unprosecuted, nothing succeeds with such regularity as the active...

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