For a Zemiology of Politics


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A zemiology of politics is required in the face of disastrous historic, contemporary and future social harms. Focusing on state-led politics, the article charts some politically generated or mediated social harms: military; ecological and economic. These can generate justificatory narratives of zemiogenic deceit and ignorance. In a contemporary political moment of authoritarian populism, nativism and racism, each feature as part of wider processes towards the corruption and destruction of politics. The article then suggests some of the potentials of healthy politics and fundamental principles for a zemiology of politics including: subordination of crime-centric criminology to a historically grounded international zemiology, the incorporation of agnotological perspectives, and an orientation that is public, inclusive, reflexive and non-fundamentalist.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of White Collar and Corporate Crime
Early online date9 Sept 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Sept 2022


  • Zemiology
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Politics


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