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Water theft in rural contexts


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White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2019 , 'Water theft in rural contexts' , International Journal of Rural Criminology, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 140-159 , doi: 10.18061/1811/88725.

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Water theft is a phenomenon that is set to grow in the light of climate change, chronic drought, freshwater scarcity, and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing upon recent developments pertaining to poor regulation and the stealing of water from the Murray-Darling river system in Australia, this paper explores the cultural and political economic dimensions of water theft in the context of rurality and criminality. Framed within the overarching perspective of green criminology, the article examines water theft through the lens of rural folk crime as well as failures of regulation and environmental law enforcement. It raises issues relating to the social construction of victims of water theft, human (such as Indigenous people) and non-human (such as ecosystems). This article argues that the geographical location of water theft is integral to the dynamics of the harms committed, and the response of both governments and residents to the crime.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:White, R
Keywords: water theft, green criminology, rural folk crime, Murray-Darling river, environmental regulation
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Rural Criminology
Publisher: Ohio State University
ISSN: 1835-6672
DOI / ID Number: 10.18061/1811/88725
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Copyright 2019 White. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)

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