Dr. Ron Kramer to Speak on Carbon Criminals, Climate Crimes and the Current Political Crisis

Ron Kramer

March 22, 2018 12:30-1:30

Posey Auditorium

Ronald C. Kramer
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University


This presentation analyzes the serious social problem of climate change through the lens of the concept of state-corporate crime. Four distinct forms of state-corporate climate crimes are identified and described: 1) Crimes of Continued Extraction of Fossil Fuels and Emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG); 2) Crimes of Socially Organized Denial of Climate Change; 3) Crimes of Political Omission related to the Mitigation of GHG; and 4) Crimes of Militarized Adaptation to Climate Disruptions. In the new era of political transformation and crisis wrought by the 2016 U.S. election, these climate crimes have been amplified, and prospects for holding carbon criminals accountable for their blameworthy harms and achieving climate justice have been dramatically reduced.

Ron Kramer is Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His books include: Crimes of the American Nuclear State: At Home and Abroad (with Dave Kauzlarich); State-Corporate Crime: Wrongdoing at the Intersection of Business and Government (with Raymond Michalowski); and State Crime in the Global Age (edited with William J. Chambliss and Raymond Michalowski). His most recent research focuses on climate change as state-corporate crime. Dr. Kramer is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology, the Larry T. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Teaching of Sociology from the Michigan Sociological Association, and the Charles Horton Cooley Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Sociology also from the Michigan Sociological Association.

Published on February 07, 2018