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White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers

White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: May 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521777636

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  • Studies of the criminal career to date have focused on common criminals and street crime; criminologists have overlooked the careers of white-collar offenders. David Weisburd and Elin Waring offer here the first detailed examination of the criminal careers of people convicted of white-collar crimes. Weisburd and Waring uncover some surprising findings, which upset common wisdom about white-collar criminals. Many scholars have assumed that white-collar criminals are unlikely to have multiple or long records or repeat offenses. As the authors demonstrate, a significant number of white-collar criminals have numerous brushes with the law and their careers show marked similarities to the circumstances and life patterns of street criminals. Their findings illustrate the misplaced emphasis of previous scholarship in focusing on the categorical distinctions between criminals and non-criminals. Rather, their data suggest the importance of the immediate context of crime and its role in leading otherwise conventional people to violate the law.

    • Unique data: the book uses a unique combination of data sources to look at criminal histories over an individual's lifetime
    • Unique perspective: the book places white collar crime within the mainstream of criminological research and theory rather than treating it as a deviant or special case
    • Unique conclusions: for the most part, white collar criminals, and criminals in general, do not differ very much from others in similar social and economic circumstances
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    'This book refutes the simplistic notion that poverty causes crime. The idea that criminals are in some way different from the rest of society and only to be found in the most impoverished urban estates may be reassuring but it is certainly false.' Irish Jurist

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    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521777636
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. White collar crime and criminal careers
    2. Dimensions of official criminal careers
    3. Crimes of crisis and opportunity
    4. Chronic offenders
    5. Prison sanctions and criminal careers
    6. Understanding recidivism
    7. Conclusions
    Appendix A. Description of statutory offenses
    Appendix B. Comparison of the Wheeler et al. and the current sample
    Notes
    References.

  • Authors

    David Weisburd, George Mason University, Virginia

    Elin Waring, Lehman College, City University of New York

    Ellen F. Chayet

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