16. Environmental Criminology

16.11 Discussion Questions

Antonio Robert Verbora

  1. What do you think are the strengths and limitations of environmental criminology? Why was it essential that this theoretical framework emerged as a formally recognised sub-area of the general study of criminology?
  2. Without question, environmental criminology is deserving of critical attention by Indigenous scholars and their non-Indigenous collaborators. Explain why.
  3. What would be the added value of incorporating Indigenous knowledge into environmental criminology? Please provide two concrete examples to strengthen your argument.
  4. Using the theories discussed in this chapter (routine activity theory, geometric theory of crime, rational choice theory, and the pattern theory of crime), provide one strength and one weakness of each theory.
  5. In the concluding remarks of this chapter, it is stated that it is imperative to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into academia to help ensure that the history (e.g., colonisation, systemic oppression, and legislated poverty imposed through the Indian Act), voices, and lived experiences of Indigenous peoples are presented respectfully and accurately. What are some other reasons why this is so critical?


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