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A left realist perspective to rural crime: The case of agricultural theft in Ireland
Bristol University Press and Policy Press
Left realism originated as an applied theory to support communities to tackle crime in British working-class urban areas. While there are challenges to transferring theory from one context (British urban) to another (Irish rural), using Ireland as a case study this chapter argues for the value of a left realist approach to agricultural theft. The objective of this chapter is to take a small step towards rectifying the hidden nature of agricultural theft, and fear of theft by ironing out some conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues. The chapter begins with a review of Irish and international farm victimisation surveys. The core concepts of left realism are then summarised and its lessons are applied to agricultural theft. The final section draws lessons for Ireland from the international literature and proposes a left realist research agenda.
Agricultural theft , Rural crime , Left realism , Ireland , Victimisation
Windle, J. (2022) 'A left realist perspective to rural crime: The case of agricultural theft in Ireland', in Bowden, M. and Harkness, A. (eds)., Rural Transformations and Rural Crime International Critical Perspectives in Rural Criminology, Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 87-107. doi: 10.51952/9781529217773.ch006
© Bristol University Press 2022. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of a chapter published in Rural Transformations and Rural Crime International Critical Perspectives in Rural Criminology. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at: https://doi.org/10.51952/9781529217773