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Integrated criminology and biological related criminology facing white collar crime
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6837-0831
2015 (English)In: Advances in Criminology Research / [ed] Guzman Julia, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015, 1, 41-72 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the last two decades the rise of integrated approaches and biosocial approaches has given criminology a fresh theoretical and empirical approach. However, a full scale integration of these two approaches has not come to a conclusion over the etiological question of what forms the criminal mind. The aim of this article is to give an argument whereby the agenda of white collar crime research can be developed by a synthesis of integrated and biosocial factors. The argument takes its standpoint in one of the recent theories on white collar crime research today, the crime-as-choice theory by Shover, Hochstetler & Alalehto (2012). The theory proposes an integrated model of factors working on different levels. For example, the linkage between lacks of credible oversight on aggregated level, the existence of a crime-facilitative culture on organizational level, and propensities towards aggressiveness, thrill-seeking, resilience, and entitlement on individual level. However, as a typical social scientific theory the crime-as-choice theory lacks a complete etiological argument behind its proposed proximate causality. I elaborate upon the etiological concepts from the fields of evolutionary theory, biosocial criminology and institutional theory to exemplify how the crime-as-choice theory can get an even more coherent structure between ultimate and proximate causes.

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New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2015, 1. 41-72 p.
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etiology, white collar crime, crime-as-choice theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111740ISBN: 9781634831802OAI: diva2:872844
Available from: 2015-11-20 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2015-12-14Bibliographically approved

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