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Choosing White-Collar Crime
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2013 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory / [ed] Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 475-493 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Western countries such as the United States, crime is viewed as chosen behavior. This assumption emerged as the dominant theoretical underpinning of crime control policy-making in the decades encompassing the dawn of the twenty-first century. Routine activity theory is a good example of how contemporary criminological scholars have been drawn to choice models of criminal behavior. The notion of crime as choice also underlies many, if not most, contemporary interpretations of white-collar crime. For instance, theoretical explanations in which the causal importance of variation in criminal opportunities is stressed are based on choice models. Crime-as-choice theory overlaps but is not coextensive with rational choice theory; it differs mainly from the latter by not incorporating an assumption a priori that criminal choices are rational. This article applies the concepts and logic of crime-as-choice theory to explain variation in white-collar crime.

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New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 475-493 p.
Keyword [en]
white-collar crime, criminal behavior, crime-as-choice theory, criminal choices, routine activity theory, choice models
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-66682OAI: diva2:608381
Available from: 2013-02-27 Created: 2013-02-26 Last updated: 2013-06-04Bibliographically approved

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