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The commodification and exploitation of fresh water: Property, human rights and green criminology

Johnson, Hope and South, Nigel and Walters, Reece (2016) 'The commodification and exploitation of fresh water: Property, human rights and green criminology.' International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 44. pp. 146-162. ISSN 1756-0616

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In recent years, both developing and industrialised societies have experienced riots and civil unrest over the corporate exploitation of fresh water. Water conflicts increase as water scarcity rises and the unsustainable use of fresh water will continue to have profound implications for sustainable development and the realisation of human rights. Rather than states adopting more costly water conservation strategies or implementing efficient water technologies, corporations are exploiting natural resources in what has been described as the “privatization of water”. By using legal doctrines, states and corporations construct fresh water sources as something that can be owned or leased. For some regions, the privatization of water has enabled corporations and corrupt states to exploit a fundamental human right. Arguing that such matters are of relevance to criminology, which should be concerned with fundamental environmental and human rights, this article adopts a green criminological perspective and draws upon Treadmill of Production theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green criminology; Eco-crime; Treadmill of production; Bottled water; Water governance; Water privatization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2015 22:06
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 13:04

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