Blue-collar Crime, Pink-collar Crime, Occupational
Crime, Conventional Crime
Edwin Sutherland in 1945, referred to the illegal
activities of businesses and corporations committed to further the goals of the business
as white-collar crime. White collar crime or economic crime could include bribery, cyber
crime, misappropriation, credit card fraud, identity theft, money laundering and
White-collar crimes were not regulated by criminal law
but by regulatory laws of various kinds. White-collar crimes included false advertising,
anti-trust violations, environmental pollution or dumping product on the market below
cost. Criminologists now call this corporate crime or organizational crime and reserve the term white-collar
crime for those illegal acts committed by people in positions of trust in white-collar
jobs, like, making personal long-distance calls on an employer's account.
According to a 2006 study by the American Academy of
Psychiatry and the Law, White-collar crime costs the United States as much as $400 billion
annually. White-collar crimes costs more than 10 times the annual budget of the state of
Understanding the Nature of White-collar Crime
- Liu, Haiyan.
Abstract: Traditional criminological theorists tend not to directly address white-collar
crime issues, while white-collar crime scholars havent been paying much attention to
the development of major traditional criminological theories until very recently. While
reviewing and comparing four major classical criminological theories, learning/differential association, rational choice/opportunity, strain and social control
theory, this paper addresses the question that how these theories have been or could
be used to explain the nature of white-collar crime.
Are White-Collar and Common Offenders the Same?
An Empirical and Theoretical Critique of a Recently Proposed General Theory of Crime -
MICHAEL L. BENSON, ELIZABETH MOORE -
Addresses two propositions on white-collar crime derived from a general theory of crime
recently proposed by Gottfredson and Travis Warner
Hirschi. This theory predicts that white-collar crime offenders are as criminally
versatile as common offenders. Authors investigate the criminal records of white-collar
crime and common offenders and their respective levels of participation in deviant behavior. Some white-collar crime offenders are
involved in crime and deviance to much the same degree as typical street criminals. A more
complex causal structure is needed to account for patterns of white-collar crime and white
and White-Collar Crime
George Robb, History Faculty, William Paterson University in New Jersey
Abstract: In Victorian society, women of the middle class were particularly vulnerable to
white-collar crimes. This article uses financial literature, newspaper debates and popular
fiction to demonstrate how women were victimized by white-collar crime.
Collar Crime Steals Thunder From Conventional Crime, Says Police Chief
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) - White collar crime steals the thunder from conventional
crime as it affects the financial performance of commercial organisations in the country.
Capitalists, corporate executives and even criminologists argued that white collar crime
took a back seat to a strong national focus on more conventional crimes.
Crime and Criminal Careers
Specifying a Trajectory of Punctuated Situational Offending
Nicole Leeper Piquero, University of Florida, Michael L. Benson, University of Cincinnati
Abstract: The typical white-collar offender greatly differs from the typical street
offender and does not appear to fit into the proposed explanations of life course
offending patterns. Scholars have applied the terminology of the criminal career
perspective to white-collar offending. Article summarizes the intersection of white-collar
crime and criminal careers, and ways in which understandings of crime over the life course
can be modified to account for white-collar crime patterns.
On the Moral Structure of White-Collar Crime
Mitchell N. Berman - University of Texas School of Law, Ohio State Journal of Criminal
Law, Vol. 5, p. 301, 2007
Abstract: White-collar crime has long presented a puzzle for theorists of the criminal
law. Some white-collar offenses are puzzling and we are perplexed about why the conduct at
the core of the offense is criminalized. Insider trading is like this, assuming that it
counts as white-collar crime.
This review examines Stuart Green's new book, Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral
Theory of White-Collar Crime. The contours of white-collar crime offenses ordinarily do,
closely track the judgments of common-sense morality: Insider trading should be
criminalized because it instantiates the underlying moral wrong of cheating. Essay
challenges moral structure of white-collar crime. A satisfactory full account of the moral
structure of white-collar crime law should be more sensitive than is Green's provocative
and sophisticated theory.
Crimes of the Powerful: redefining white-collar crime?
Abstract: By re-defining white collar crime as "crimes of the powerful" Frank
Pearce provided a much needed change in focus. Pearce's, among other things, culled from
the white collar crime package those powerless individuals, like the bank clerk who
embezzles, from the powerful corporate managers. It made power a
central feature of studies of white collar crime.
the Links Between White-Collar Crime and Terrorism
John Kane; April Wall - Corporate Author: National White Collar Crime Center
Annotation: This research report identifies the types of white-collar crimes used by a
group for funding mechanisms and identity deception and suggests how lessons learned from
white-collar crime investigations can provide guidance for State and local police and
prosecutors who may investigate terrorist groups.
White-Collar Crime Victims and the Issue of Trust
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a study exploring relationships of trust and
distrust between the offender, the victims in a particular case of white-collar crime.
This work builds upon previous research in white-collar crime, which has examined the
consequences of white-collar offences upon trust towards social, political and economic
institutions (Sutherland, 1949; Peters & Welch, 1980; Moore & Mills, 1990; Shover
et al. 1994).
After Enron will Whiter than White Collar Crime Still Wash?
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford,
The British Journal of Criminology 46:1091-1109 (2006)
In thinking about white-collar crime, it is not just crime that becomes problematic but
compliance, particularly the practice of creative compliance. In the
post-Enron era, can creative compliance by business still claim to be whiter than
white collar crime?
WHITE COLLAR CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Reflections on Michael, Martha, and Milberg Weiss
J. Kelly Strader
ABSTRACT: We are deeply conflicted about white collar crime and punishment. Prosecutions
undermine the integrity and expressive function of our system of white collar crime and
White-Collar Crime and the Study of Embezzlement
GARY S. GREEN
The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 525, No. 1,
The term "white-collar crime" has come to mean many things since Edwin
Sutherland coined it more than fifty years ago. Many scholars referred to embezzlement as
a white-collar crime. This theft-after-trust offense is probably not a white-collar one in
the original sense of the term. This article addresses the problems of data interpretation
and behavioral explanation in the study of trust violation in light of scholars' focus on
it as a white-collar crime offense.
Intellectual property and white-collar crime: Report of issues, trends, and
problems for future research
Kane, John, Beresford, Annette D., Desilets, Christian, Haantz, Sandra, Wall, April
Article Abstract: A research examines the association between intellectual property rights
and white-collar crime, and identifies future research that might benefit policymaker,
federal, state, and local agencies.
Studying and Teaching White-Collar Crime: Populist and Patrician Perspectives
Authors: Shover, Neal; Cullen, Francis
Source: Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Volume 19, Number 2, July 2008
Abstract: White-collar crime is both an integral part of undergraduate criminology courses
and textbooks and the subject of enduring analytic controversy. Much of the latter can be
traced to two paradigms employed by investigators and teachers when they examine
white-collar crime: Populist and Patrician. How much attention is paid to the victims and
costs of white-collar crime, the analytic centrality of criminalization, and the variables and dynamics that purportedly explain variation in
offending. Pedagogical use of conflicting paradigms hold the potential to enhance
students' ability to think critically about white-collar crime.
Some Personality Correlates of Business White-Collar Crime.
Applied Psychology. 55(2):220-233, April 2006.
Blickle, Gerhard; Schlegel, Alexander; Fassbender, Pantaleon; Klein, Uwe
In this paper the results of the first cross-sectional study in Europe examining
personality correlates of white-collar crime in business are presented. This study is an
extension of ( Collins and Schmidt's 1993) research on white-collar crime in the United
States. Business white-collar crime is predicted by gender, low behavioral self-control,
high hedonism, high narcissism, and high conscientiousness. It is argued here that
high-ranking white-collar crime criminals in business combine low integrity with high
The Neglected Victims and Unexamined Costs of White-Collar Crime
Elizabeth Moore, Michael Mills - Crime & Delinquency, Vol. 36, No. 3, 408-418 (1990)
Although no one disputes that aggregate fiscal costs of white-collar crime dwarf
comparable losses from street crime, victimization researchers and the victims' movement
have ignored entirely the victims of white-collar crime. This can be attributed to
conservative domination of the victims' agenda and the ambiguous moral character of
white-collar victims. This article distinguishes primary and secondary costs of
Globalization and the Federal Prosecution of White Collar Crime
Ellen S. Podgor - Stetson University College of Law - American Criminal Law Review, Vol.
34, No. 2 (1997).
Abstract: This essay focuses on the international flavor developing in the prosecution of
white collar crime. The essay next addresses judicial interpretation of white collar
statutes where there has been no explicit reference to extraterritoriality in the statute.
The essay offers jurisdiction questions that have arisen as a result of white collar crime
criminal activity exceeding the borders of the United States.
Knocking The Starch Out Of White Collar Crime
Overview: White-collar crime tugs at the bottom line of every company, from mid-sized
restaurants and lumberyards to Fortune 100 firms.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHITE-COLLAR CRIME FOR A GENERAL THEORY OF CRIME
TRAVIS HIRSCHI, MICHAEL GOTTFREDSON, University of Arizona
ABSTRACT: Advocates of the concept of white-collar crime have failed to make the case for
its scientific value. Steffensmeier's efforts efforts support our contention 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
On the Relationship between White-Collar Crime and Political Sociology: A
Suggestion and Resource for Teaching.
Gerber, Jurg; Fritsch, Eric J. - Teaching Sociology, v21 n2 p130-39 Apr 1993
Abstract: Describes a college-level student research project on white-collar crime and its
relationship to political sociology.
in Human Organs: An Emerging Form of White-Collar Crime?
Thomas W. Foster, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University at Mansfield
The article inquires into the typical circumstances that surround the sale-for profit-of