White-Collar crime

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The alternative way to define white-collar crime is to focus on the criminal acts rather than on offender characteristics. Scholars on this side of the debate argue that until white-collar crime as a concept is disentangled from the characteristics of the perpetrators, the phenomenon of white-collar crime will be misinterpreted and misunderstood (Shapiro, 1990, Griffin, 2002, Braithwaite, 1985). An example of an offense-based definition of white-collar crime is provided by Wheeler, Weisburd and Bode (1982), who defined it as “economic offenses committed through the use of some combination of fraud, deception, or collusion” (1982 :642). This definition of white-collar crime is a broader definition that encompasses all four examples of white-collar offenses provided in Box 13.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDifferent Crimes, Different Criminals
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding, Treating and Preventing Criminal Behavior
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781317522829
ISBN (Print)9781593453343
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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