Crimes of Privilege Readings in White-Collar Crime

ISBN-10: 0195136217

ISBN-13: 9780195136210

Edition: 2001

Authors: Neal Shover, John Paul Wright

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Nearly six decades have passed since the concept of white-collar crime was introduced and systematic scholarly investigation of it began. Although it has proven to be one of the most challenging and controversial topics in sociology, the concept has taken firm root in lay and scholarly lexicons where it is widely understand and used to denote a type of crime that differs fundamentally from street crime. One way it is different is the backgrounds and characteristics of it perpetrators; the poor and disreputable fodder routinely encountered in police stations and in studies of street crime are seldom in evidence here. Most if not all white-collar offenders by contrast are distinguished by lives of privilege, much of it with origins in class inequality. This reader begins together under a unifying theoretical approach the current state of knowledge about and debate over white-collar crime. Editors' introductions preface each of the six chapters in the book, and each of the thirty-one carefully chosen selections --- both classic and contemporary -- has been significantly edited for readability and suitability for the college student. The readings address conceptual conflicts as well as empirical studies of the strucutre of opportunities, the characteristics of white-collar offenders and their decision making, and the various approaches to controlling white-collar offering. Additionally, the book includes twenty-one specially designed panels that call-out particular issues from the readings by offering case examples taken from local and regional newspapers. Together, the readings and the panels offer the student both analysis and examples of white-collar crime.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface
Conceptual Issues and Skirmishes
Introduction
White-Collar Criminality
Is ""White-Collar Crime"" Crime?
Collaring the Crime, Not the Criminal: Reconsidering the Concept of White-Collar Crime
Organizational Crime
Crime and Capitalist Business Corporations
Victims and Costs
Introduction
The Neglected Victims and Unexamined Costs of White-Collar Crime
Personal Fraud and Its Victims
White-Collar Crime Victimization
Consequences of Victimization by White-Collar Crime
Victims of Fraud: Comparing Victims of White-Collar and Violent Crime
White-Collar Criminal Opportunities
Introduction
""Heads I WIn, Tails You Lose"": Deregulation, Crime, and Crisis in the Savings and Loan Industry
From Fiddle Factors to Networks of Collusion: Charting the Waters of Small Business Crime
Transaction Systems and Unlawful Organizational Behavior
Opportunity and Crime in the Medical Profession
Fire in Hamlet: A Case Study of a State-Corporate Crime
Decision Making
Introduction
Poverty of Theory in Corporate Crime Research
A Rational Choice Theory of Corporate Crime
Organizational Culture and Organizational Crime
Profits, Pressure, and Corporate Law-Breaking
Rational Choice, Situated Action, and the Social Control of Organizations
Sources and Characteristics of White-Collar Offenders
Introduction
Who Is the White-Collar Criminal?
Gender and Varieties of White-Collar Crime
Corporate Control, Crime, and Compensation: An Examination of Large Corporations
Toward Understanding Unlawful Organizational Behavior
Characteristics and Sources of White-Collar Crime
Competition and Motivation to White-Collar Crime
Controlling White-Collar Crime?
Introduction
On Theory and Action for Corporate Crime Control
Prosecuting Corporate Crime: Problems and Constraints
Corporate Crime and Criminal Justice System Capacity: Government Response to Financial Institution Fraud
An Evolving Compliance Model for Tax Enforcement
Cooperative Models and Corporate Crime: Panacea or Cop-Out?
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