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Depleted uranium, state crime and the politics of knowing

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posted on 2023-05-16, 21:39 authored by Robert WhiteRobert White
This article explores the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions and armour in war, and its impact on environments, humans and other animals. Specifically, the concern is to describe the use of depleted uranium weapons in the Gulf (over two wars, within the space of sixteen years), and to trace the health and environmental implications of this use. The article then analyses the use of depleted uranium from the point of view of state crime, in relation to the issues of legitimacy and denial. This is followed by consideration of the relevance of such issues for a 21st-century critical criminology. The politics of knowing—when `knowledge' is uncertain—is highlighted in discussion of the complexities of denial/affirmation surrounding the use of DU for war purposes.

History

Publication title

Theoretical Criminology

Volume

12

Pagination

31-54

ISSN

1362-4806

Department/School

School of Social Sciences

Publisher

Thousand Oaks

Place of publication

London, UK

Rights statement

Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Justice and the law not elsewhere classified