Oil, Gas, and Crime

The Dark Side of the Boomtown

Authors: Ruddell, Rick

  • Investigates the social problems arising in 'boomtowns' including: violence, corporate harm, traffic accidents
  • Addresses different types of resource extraction and how this leads to population increase and industrialisation
  • Asks how we can improve quality of life for residents of boomtowns in the wake of sudden development and growing demand on facilities
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This book addresses the causes of rising crime rates resulting from the rapid population growth and industrialization associated with natural resource extraction in rural communities. Ruddell describes the social problems emerging in these boomtowns, including increases in antisocial behavior, as well as property-related and violent crime, industrial mishaps and traffic collisions. Many of the victims of these crimes are already members of vulnerable or marginalized groups, including rural women, Indigenous populations, and young people. The quality of life in boomtowns also decreases due to environmental impacts, including air, water and noise pollution. Law enforcement agencies, courts, and correction facilities in boomtowns are often overwhelmed by the growing demand as these places are seldom able to manage the population growth. The key questions addressed here are: who should pay the costs of managing these booms, and how can we prepare communities to mitigate the worst effects of this growth and development and, ultimately, increase the quality of life for boomtown residents. An in-depth and timely study, this original work will be of great interest to scholars of violent crime, criminal justice, and corporate harm.

About the authors

Rick Ruddell is Professor and Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies at the University of Regina.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $49.99
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Hardcover $65.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58713-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oil, Gas, and Crime
Book Subtitle
The Dark Side of the Boomtown
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58714-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58714-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58713-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 276
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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