The barbarism of indifference: Sabotage, resistance and state–corporate crime

Kristian Lasslett, Penny Green, Dawid Stańczak

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Increasingly, state crime scholarship frames criminality as a social property that attaches to particular illegitimate state practices through a mediated process of struggle from below. Building on this foundation, the following article presents a comparative study of two cases—using a range of primary materials—where sabotage was deployed by social movements to stigmatize, dramatically, illegitimate state–corporate conduct. In order to understand the symbolic and practical significance of this exchange, a theory of indifference will be developed. It will be argued that in the cases observed sabotage acted as a device which social movements could employ to impose a sense of consequence on organizational actors otherwise indifferent to, and alienated from, the significant harms their operations’ produced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-533
Number of pages20
JournalTheoretical Criminology
Issue number4
Early online date17 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Nov 2015


  • corporate crime
  • ecocide
  • human rights
  • Marxism
  • resistance
  • sabotage
  • state–corporate crime
  • state crime
  • war crimes


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