Food Crime: An Introduction to Deviance in the Food Industry (Hardcover)

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Food Crime: An Introduction to Deviance in the Food Industry (Hardcover)


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This book addresses the various forms of deviance and criminality found within the conventional food system. This system--made up of numerous producers, processors, distributors, and retailers of food--has significant, far-reaching consequences bearing upon the environment and society.

Food Crime broadly outlines the processes and impacts of this food system most relevant for the academic discipline of criminology, with a focus on the negative health outcomes of the US diet (e.g., obesity and diabetes) and negative outcomes associated with the system itself (e.g., environmental degradation). The author introduces the concept of "food criminology," a new branch of criminology dedicated to the study of deviance in the food industry. Demonstrating the deviance and criminality involved in many parts of the conventional food system, this book is the first to provide exhaustive coverage of the major issues related to what can be considered food crime. Embedded in the context of state-corporate criminality, the concepts and practices exposed in this book bring attention to harms associated with the conventional food system and illustrate the degree of culpability of food companies and government agencies for these harms.

This book is of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a more just and healthy food system and encourages further future research into food crimes in the disciplines of criminology, criminal justice, and sociology.
Matthew Robinson is Professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He is the author of 22 books, including Social Justice, Criminal Justice: The Role of American Law in Effecting and Preventing Social Change with Routledge, and more than 100 other publications. He is a past president of both the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association and the Southern Criminal Justice Association. He was recently ranked the 19th most influential criminologist in the world today. Robinson has been writing about the subject of "food crime" for several years.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032283531
ISBN-10: 103228353X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 11th, 2023
Pages: 324
Language: English