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Choosing White-Collar Crime

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665544

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  • For more than three decades, rational-choice theory has reigned as the dominant approach both for interpreting crime and as underpinning for crime-control programs. Although it has been applied to an array of street crimes, white-collar crime and those who commit it have thus far received less attention. Choosing White-Collar Crime is a systematic application of rational-choice theory to problems of explaining and controlling white-collar crime. It distinguishes ordinary and upperworld white-collar crime and presents reasons theoretically for believing that both have increased substantially in recent decades. Reasons for the increase include the growing supply of white-collar lure and non-credible oversight. Choosing White-Collar Crime also examines criminal decision making by white-collar criminals and their criminal careers. The book concludes with reasons for believing that problems of white-collar crime will continue unchecked in the increasingly global economy and calls for strengthened citizen movements to rein in the increases.

    • Employs a systematic application of rational-choice theory to white-collar crime
    • Examines criminal decision making by white-collar criminals and their criminal careers
    • Concludes that problems of white-collar crime will continue unchecked in a global economy
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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665544
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Choosing white collar crime
    2. Lure
    3. The predisposed and tempted
    4. Self-restraint and oversight
    5. Decision making
    6. Criminal careers and career criminals
    7. Beyond the law?
    References
    Index.

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  • Authors

    Neal Shover
    Neal Shover is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he teaches courses in criminology, white-collar crime and criminal justice. He is author of A Sociology of American Corrections (1979), Aging Criminals (1985), (with Donald A. Clelland and John P. Lynxwiler) Enforcement or Negotiation? Constructing a Regulatory Bureaucracy (1986), (with Werner Einstadter) Analyzing American Corrections (1989), Great Pretenders: Pursuits and Careers of Persistent Thieves (1996) and co-editor (with John Paul Wright) of Crimes of Privilege (2000). His work has appeared in Social Forces, Social Problems, the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology, Crime, Law and Social Change and numerous edited collections.

    Andrew Hochstetler
    Andy Hochstetler is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University where he teaches courses on crime at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as a course on inequality and stratification. He writes on white-collar crime, prisoners, criminal decision making and recidivism. His work has appeared in numerous edited collections and journals including Criminology, Social Problems, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior and Crime, Law and Social Change.

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