Thriving on a Pale Blue Dot: Criminology and the Anthropocene

Criminology and the Anthropocene, Chapter: 1, Publisher: Routledge, Editors: Cameron Holley, Clifford Shearing (2018)

Posted: 2 May 2018

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Cameron Holley

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute; University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Clifford Shearing

Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Cape Town; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

The Anthropocene may require a fundamental rethinking of safety and security. The safety and security that earth systems have provided can no longer simply be regarded as the work of Nature, and as something that we humans must simply live with. We are now revealed as a geological force that has, and is shaping these systems. And this, to invoke Klein, changes everything. And it most certainly may change, and has already begun to change, criminology, an area of enquiry whose fundamental topic has been safety and security. In this chapter, we outline some of the fundamental questions posed by the Anthropocene for criminology. To push the limits of existing criminological knowledge we ask:

• What has already been achieved in criminology and what remains unanswered for confronting the key intractable problems of the Anthropocene?

• What might criminology be in the Anthropocene?

• What does the Anthropocene suggest for future theory and practice of criminology more generally?

We synthesise key generalisable lessons and insights from leading thinkers and respond to the questions we have posed above.

Suggested Citation

Holley, Cameron and Shearing, Clifford D, Thriving on a Pale Blue Dot: Criminology and the Anthropocene (January 2018). Criminology and the Anthropocene, Chapter: 1, Publisher: Routledge, Editors: Cameron Holley, Clifford Shearing (2018), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3158897

Cameron Holley (Contact Author)

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute ( email )

UNSW
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Clifford D Shearing

Griffith Institute of Criminology ( email )

170 Kessels Road
Nathan, Queensland QLD 4111
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://experts.griffith.edu.au/academic/c.shearing

University of Cape Town ( email )

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Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701
South Africa

HOME PAGE: http://www.publiclaw.uct.ac.za/pbl/staff/cshearing

University of Montreal, School of Criminology ( email )

C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada

University of New South Wales ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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