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NCJ Number: 120169 Find in a Library
Title: On the Causes of "White-Collar" Crime: An Assessment of Hirschi and Gottfredson's Claims
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1989)  Pages:345-358
Author(s): D Steffensmeier
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The article "Causes of White-Collar Crime" written by Hirschi and Gottfredson is an important contribution to the debate over whether and to what extent criminality is a unified phenomenon.
Abstract: This article points out several flaws in their analysis. It shows that the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) offense categories of fraud and forgery are not appropriate indicators of white-collar crime because the typical arrestee committed a nonoccupational crime. Also the graphic distribution (age, sex, race) of these "white-collar" crimes differs from that for most ordinary crimes and the occurrence of these "white-collar" crimes is not relatively rare. This article also discusses the implications of the findings for research and theory on crime. 9 notes, 4 figures, 30 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): White collar crime causes
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program
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