A Visual Approach for Green Criminology: Exploring the by Lorenzo Natali

By Lorenzo Natali

This ebook brings the visible measurement of environmental crimes and harms into the sphere of eco-friendly criminology. It indicates how photographic pictures supplies a way for eliciting narratives from those who dwell in polluted components – describing intimately and from their perspective what they recognize, imagine and believe concerning the fact during which they locate themselves living. 
Natali makes the argument for constructing a visible technique for eco-friendly criminology, with a unmarried case-study as its crucial concentration, revealing the significance of utilizing photograph elicitation to understand and improve the reflexive and energetic position of social actors within the symbolic and social building in their environmental stories. analyzing the a number of interactions among the photographs and the phrases used to explain the socio-environmental worlds during which we are living, this publication is a choice to open the eyes of eco-friendly criminology to wider and richer explorations of environmental harms and crimes. An leading edge and interesting examine, this article will be of specific curiosity to students of environmental crime and cultural, eco-friendly and visible criminologies.

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34 A VISUAL APPROACH FOR GREEN CRIMINOLOGY from a wider perspective what has been observed up close. Of course, research, even if it follows well-defined strategies and methods, rarely turns out to be anything but “neat, logical, unmessy” (Becker 1998: 9). On the contrary, it feeds on the continuous returns and on the unceasing steps between these different levels of observation. Finally, if “the field” is the location where the events take place and link with other events, it is important to pay attention and listen to what happens within it because it is right there that one can discover, take note of and, finally, understand the characteristics of the “ground”: You relate the events which you have seen and are still seeing in the field.

Thus, the decisions of the image-maker had profound consequences for the kinds of sociological (and criminological) statements that resulted from the images produced (see also Ferrell and Van de Voorde 2010: 41). In this context, the photographs helped weave the circular process between the reality investigated and the progressive construction of an emergent theoretical perspective (see also Pauwels 2010: 559–562). In fact, the gathering and analysing of the photographic images taken at the site of the environmental harm that I was investigating promoted continual revisiting of the initial hypothesis until a satisfactory refining of the concepts was reached (see also Suchar 1997).

From the early years of the industrial development, life for the inhabitants of Huelva—and the very image of the town itself—started to change dramatically. While the industrial complex created jobs, thereby affording the inhabitants material comforts, over time, destructive and irreversible consequences—both to the environment and to public health—began to take hold and to darken the promise of prosperity brought by the factories. This critical situation, dominated by the presence of industrial activities that, almost immediately, began releasing effluent into the Río Tinto, was further aggravated when some of the facilities started discharging “fosfoyesos” (phosphogypsum)—a waste product of the phosphoric acid production process that contains concentrations of uranium series radionuclides.

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