This book examines the politics of harm in the context of palm oil production in Colombia, with a primary focus on the Pacific coast region. Globally, the palm oil industry is associated with practices that fit the most conventional definitions and perceptions of crime, but also crucially, forms of social and environmental harm that do not fit strictly legalistic definitions and understandings of crime. Drawing on rich field-based data from the region, Mol contributes empirically to an awareness of the constructions, practices, and the lived and perceived realities of harm related to palm oil production. She advances criminological debate around 'harm' by putting forward a theoretical and analytical approach that redirects the debate from a central concern with the academic contestedness of harm within criminology, towards a focus on the 'on-the-ground' contestedness of palm oil-related harm in Colombia. Detailed analysis and arresting conclusions ensure this book will be of great interest to students and scholars in the fields of Green and Critical Criminology, Environmental Sociology, and International and Critical Development Studies.
Hanneke Mol is a Research Fellow in Environmental Justice at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She is co-editor of the books: Environmental Crime in Latin America: The Theft of Nature and the Poisoning of the Land (Palgrave, 2017) and Introducción a la Criminología Verde: Conceptos para nuevos horizontes y diálogos socioambientales (Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Antonio Nariño, 2017).
1. Introduction.- 2. The Play of Power in the Politics of Harm.- 3. Palm Oil in Colombia: National and Local Context.- 4. Colombia's Contested Grounds.- 5. Preparing the Ground: Discourses, Mechanisms, and Impacts.- 6. Reaping the Fruits.- 7. Conclusion: to Miss the Forest for the Trees?.- Annex: List of Interviews and Site Visits.