Environmental Crime in Latin America

The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land

  • David Rodríguez Goyes
  • Hanneke Mol
  • Avi Brisman
  • Nigel South

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (PSGC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Avi Brisman, David Rodríguez Goyes, Hanneke Mol, Nigel South
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sociological Analyses of the Theft of Nature

  4. The Takeover of Land and the Plundering of its Products

  5. The Subjugation of Nonhuman Animals

  6. Afterword

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-313

About this book


This book is the first green criminology text to focus specifically on Latin America. Green criminology has always adopted a broad horizon and explicitly emphasised that environmental crimes and harms affect countries and cultures around the world. The chapters collected here illuminate and describe the “theft of nature” and the “poisoning of the land” in Latin America through and from processes of agro-industry expansion, biopiracy, legal and illegal trafficking of free-born non-human animals, and mining. 

An interdisciplinary study, this collection draws on research from a wide range of international experts on not only green criminology, but also social justice, political ecology and sociology. An engaging and thought-provoking work, this book will be an essential text for anyone interested in current issues in environmental crime.


crime criminology environment social science Latin America Rainforests Deforestation sustainability farming water shortage fishing trafficking

Editors and affiliations

  • David Rodríguez Goyes
    • 1
  • Hanneke Mol
    • 2
  • Avi Brisman
    • 3
  • Nigel South
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Sociology of LawUniversity of Oslo OsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Justice Studies, College of Justice and SafetyEastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA
  4. 4.Department of SociologyUniversity of Essex ColchesterUnited Kingdom

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