What are the linkages between climate, culture, and crime?

Puniskis, Michael John (2009) What are the linkages between climate, culture, and crime? In: 9th annual conference of the European Society of Criminology: criminology and crime policy between human rights and effective crime control (Book of Abstracts). Mesko, Gorazd and Tominc, Bernarda, eds. The European Society of Criminology. ISBN 9789616447348

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Abstract

Weather conditions produced by different climates are powerful forces of nature capable of influencing human activities, behaviors, attitudes, and mobility; and traditions, industry, economics, and government in society. These factors are each capable of affecting crime and violence and are unique to each culture and region. Beginning with a literary perspective, examples are provided from famous cultural works, such as Greek mythology, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, religious readings, and popular culture to illustrate how some climatic variables have become associated to antisocial human behaviors and emotions. A review of the research examining these connections follows, paying particular attention to instances of interpersonal and political violence in various regions, as well as other problems, such as drug production/consumption, wildlife trade, conflict, and genocide, to demonstrate how these may be influenced by climate and culture. The linkages between these three variables are explained through the application of relevant theories in the behavioral sciences and specifically criminology. A better understanding of the interplay between climate, culture, and crime will offer new insights on the etiology of crime and violence in different regions, which, in an increasingly globalized and warming world, will lead to the development of more effective prevention and control strategies.

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Paper presented at the 9th annual conference of the European Society of Criminology. Ljubljana, Slovenia: September 9-12, 2009.

Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
ID Code:7405
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