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NCJ Number: 120170 Find in a Library
Title: Significance of White-Collar Crime for a General Theory of Crime
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1989)  Pages:359-371
Author(s): T Hirschi; M Gottfredson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Advocates of the concept of white-collar crime have been unable to make the case for its scientific value.
Abstract: The efforts of Steffensmeier to save the concept further support the authors' view that it is flawed and misleading. They contend that the correlates of white-collar crime are the same as the correlates of crime, that the age distribution of offending is the same for white collar crimes as for other crimes, that official statistics have sufficient validity for many etiological purposes, and that the search for a general theory of crime holds great promise for criminology. Their theory suggests that crimes tend to be simple acts which provide direct and immediate pleasure. 4 notes, 32 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): White collar crime causes
Index Term(s): Correlation analysis; Crime causes theory
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