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The logic of agency or the logic of structure in the concept of white collar crime: a review
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6837-0831
2018 (English)In: Crime, law and social change, ISSN 0925-4994, E-ISSN 1573-0751, Vol. 69, no 3, p. 385-399Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since 60s the white collar crime concept is divided in occupational crime versus corporate crime, exposing two different causal primacy: an agency logic and a structural logic. The logic of agency argues that corporate crime concept and the logic of structure is more or less useless for white collar crime research. The logic of structure argues that corporate crime has a validity in its own and describe a dimension of white collar criminality that the logic of agency doesn’t reach. The validity of this two positions is discussed by four crucial issues: The status of juristic persona, explanatory value, mens rea and suffering by punishment. It ends up in a Soritie paradox to which a three valued formal logic by the Stoicists Chrysippus is applied. The conclusion is that the logic of agency has the primacy, and the concept of occupational crime should be the prime concept for white collar crime.

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Dordrecht: Springer, 2018. Vol. 69, no 3, p. 385-399
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white collar crime, occupational crime, corporate crime, logic of agency, logic of structure, formal logic
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142072DOI: 10.1007/s10611-017-9744-9ISI: 000431138900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142072DiVA, id: diva2:1158377
Available from: 2017-11-20 Created: 2017-11-20 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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