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Resource-Based Boomtowns: Crime, Fear, and Rural Justice Systems

An Edited Collection from the Internet Journal of Criminology

Edited by Rick Ruddell (University of Regina) and Joanne Muzak


The focus of the articles that make up this special issue of the Internet Journal of Criminology is the crime-related effects of resource-based boomtowns, which have proven to be a challenge for rural law enforcement agencies across the globe. Although boomtowns are not a new phenomenon, as the value of natural resources such as oil, natural gas, and gold rose throughout the 1990s and 2000s, exploration and extraction activities also increased and most of these endeavors were carried out in rural and remote areas. The rapid population growth and industrialization occurring in small towns and sparsely populated rural areas has led to numerous problems for local residents and their governments, and especially in terms of increased anti-social behaviour, disorder, and crime.


Managing the growth in crime associated with resource-based boomtowns represents a significant challenge for local residents and the workers within health, education, and social service agencies that partner with local police, courts, and correctional systems. The seven articles in this special issue of the Internet Journal of Criminology identify a number of social problems, and responses to those challenges, in areas impacted by natural resource extraction in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Each of these contributions extends our knowledge of about booms, fear, crime, and the justice system’s responses to those conditions. All of the empirical studies were first reviewed by the editor and then by at least two anonymous reviewers, and the contributors revised their work based on the comments they received. The hope of the contributors to this collection is that our efforts will lead to a better understanding of the boom–crime relationships and policymakers will use that knowledge to mitigate the negative impacts of those activities.

Critical Perspectives on Green Criminology:

An Edited Collection from the Internet Journal of Criminology
Edited by Angus Nurse, Middlesex University

Criminologists have increasingly become involved and interested in environmental issues to the extent that the term ‘Green Criminology’ is now recognised as a distinct subgenre of the field. Within this unique area of scholarly activity, researchers consider not just harms to the environment, but also the links between green crimes and other forms of crime, including organised crime’s movement into the illegal trade in wildlife or the links between domestic animal abuse, domestic violence and more ‘serious’ forms of offending such as serial killing. In essence, green criminology allows for the study of environmental and criminal laws, environmental criminality and the abuse and exploitation of nonhuman animals. Green criminology also provides a mechanism for rethinking the study of criminal laws, ethics, crime and criminal behaviour (Situ and Emmons, 2000; Lynch and Stretesky, 2003).

This collection of essays is the first edited collection to be produced by the Internet Journal of Green Criminology (IJC). A rigorous selection process was applied to the collection with all submitted papers subject to anonymous review by at least two academics. Selection of papers followed an open submission process via the websites of the IJC and the International Green Criminology Working Group (IGCWG). As a result, papers were received from across the eco-global criminological spectrum and from scholars in a range of different locations, allowing for a wide range of green thought to be included. The collection thus draws together a range of potentially disparate ideas to provide for engaging discussion of current environmental crime discourse on animal protection (species justice) environmental harm and law enforcement (environmental justice) and socio-political discourse on the interaction between man and nature (ecological justice).

“What is Suffering Worth?” Perspectives Across Disciplines on the Treatment of Victims


Edited by Patrick Morvan, Pantheon-Assas University (Paris - France)
Mark A. Cohen, Vanderbilt University (Nashville - USA)

This interdisciplinary Edited Collection explores a crucial but little-studied issue with growing importance today: what is the value of harm suffered by victims, whether of terrorism, crime or natural disasters. In law, politics, economics and public opinion, answers differ widely, and unequal treatment is the norm.

Across the globe, victims evoke a range of feelings, from compassion verging on celebrations of heroism, to denial, anger, indifference and even repulsion. Those reactions translate into wide variations in legal and economic responses to their harm.

The Issue brings together experts in law, economics, criminology, history and philosophy to compare perspectives from the United States and France. It is the outcome of a symposium held at the Maison française/French House of Columbia University in New York on 10 September 2019.