n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Conservation criminality and victimization : a literature study

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Conservation issues within criminological research have been and still remain a neglected area of research. Traditionally, criminological research relating to environmental issues has examined the correlation between social demographic characteristics, environmental hazards, and geographical spatial patterning of crime, thus excluding the illegal exploitation of natural resources. The focus of this article will be on conservation criminality and victimisation. It is argued that conservation criminality and victimisation constitute a serious violation that warrants much needed attention for better understanding of the phenomena. The article is based on a literature study on conservation studies within criminological research. From the study it emerged that there is a huge gap in literature relating to issues of conservation criminality and victimisation. There is therefore a need for the study of conservation issues within a uniquely criminological context. The article will explore ways in which such research gaps could be addressed.

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