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Issue Date: 1-Jul-2011
Title: A criminology of catastrophe: a critical analysis of imperialistic state crime and the Haiti earthquake
Authors: San Antonio, Jaclyn Tricia
Publisher : UOIT
Degree : Master of Arts (MA)
Department : Criminology
Supervisor : Perry, Barbara
Ammar, Nawal
Alvi, Shahid
Keywords: Natural disaster
State crime
Imperialism
Haiti
Abstract: Despite the devastation caused by environmental catastrophes, these phenomena have yet to garner significant attention as a subject of criminological inquiry. This thesis is framed by the following question: How can we problematize the notion of “natural” disaster to arrive at a criminological understanding of human culpability in the production of harm? I argue that the degree of human suffering caused by natural disasters is aggravated by imperialistic state crimes, which predispose populations to conditions of vulnerability and dependency. I substantiate this argument with an analysis of Haiti and demonstrate how its history of imperialistic exploitation by the US amounted to a pattern of state crime victimization that marginalized Haitians and, consequently, shaped their suffering from the 2010 earthquake. The story of Haiti exemplifies the relationship between the contemporary hardships of a natural disaster and the historical injustices of state crime, thus illuminating the relevance of a criminology of catastrophe.
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