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NCJ Number: 10630 Find in a Library
Title: CAPITALISM, CLASS, AND CRIME IN AMERICA
Journal: CRIME AND DELINQUENCY  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1973)  Pages:163186
Author(s): D M GORDON
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Newark, NJ 07102
Publication Number: U
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A RADICAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF CRIME SUGGESTS THAT THE PRESENT CHARACTER OF CRIME IN AMERICA FLOWS FROM THE STRUCTURE OF U.S. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS.
Abstract: MANY KINDS OF CRIME REPRESENT PERFECTLY RATIONAL RESPONSES TO THE CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION AND INEQUALITY FOSTERED IN CAPITALISM. EXAMPLES OF THIS RATIONALITY ARE WHITE-COLLAR CRIME, ORGANIZED CRIME, AND GHETTO CRIME. MANY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES AMONG CRIMES FLOW FROM THE DUALITY OF AMERICAN SYSTEMS OF JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND THAT DUALITY IN TURN REFLECTS THE BIASES OF THE STATE IN CAPITALIST SOCIETIES. THE AUTHOR STATES THAT SOLVING THE PROBLEM OF CRIME IN AMERICA IS CONTINGENT UPON FIRST EFFECTING A RADICAL REDISTRIBUTION OF POWER IN OUR BASIC INSTITUTIONS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Economic analysis of crime; Group behavior; Motivation; Offense classification; Organized crime; Property crimes; Society-crime relationships; White collar crime
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