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Ecocentrism and criminal justice

White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2018 , 'Ecocentrism and criminal justice' , Theoretical Criminology, vol. 22, no. 3 , pp. 342-362 , doi: 10.1177/1362480618787178.

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Abstract

Ecocentrism refers to valuing nature for its own sake. This ecophilosophical orientation requires that all social practices incorporate ecological sensitivities and heightened awareness of the intrinsic value of non-human entities. This article explores what ecocentrism means for criminal justice and how the core principles of an ecocentric worldview translate into concrete application. Trends within criminal justice that are broadly supportive or reflective of ecocentrism are summarized. The article also considers the limitations of ecocentrism, particularly in the context of criminal law and in regards to the prosecution of human subjects for environmental offences. A basic premise of the article is that for those interested in eco-justice and green criminology, it is vitally important to describe what an eco-just future might look like, and this includes recognition of and support for already existing ecocentric initiatives evident in some policies and practices across criminal justice institutions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:White, R
Keywords: Criminal justice, ecocentrism, environmental harm, green criminology, intrinsic value
Journal or Publication Title: Theoretical Criminology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1362-4806
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1362480618787178
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