n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Crime, environment and power : revisiting the abalone fishery

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The past two decades have seen the incorporation of environmental issues into criminological analysis. Drawing on critical criminology, the 'green criminology' perspective emerged in the 1990s, highlighting the importance of understanding environmental harm through a critical analysis of socioeconomic and political systems. The abalone fishery in South Africa will be drawn on in this article as a means to highlight the need to take a more integrated approach to environmental harm in South Africa, and in particular, to question the formulation of law and the powerful interests behind it. This article aims to highlight the relevance of international trends to incorporate environmental enquiry into the discipline of criminology, and it seeks to acknowledge Wilfried Schärf's role in recognising the importance of such research almost 15 years ago.

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