White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers / Edition 1

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Overview

"Criminologists have turned their attention to the origins and paths of the criminal career for what this approach reveals about the causes, manifestations, and prevention of crime. Studies of the criminal career to date have focused on common criminals and street crime; criminologists have overlooked the careers of white-collar offenders. David Weisburd and Elin Waring offer here the first detailed examination of the criminal careers of people convicted of white-collar crimes." "Who are repeat white-collar criminals, and how do their careers differ from those of offenders found in more traditional crime samples? Weisburd and Waring uncover some surprising findings, which upset some long-held common wisdom about white-collar criminals. Most scholars, for example, have assumed that white-collar criminals, unlike other types of offenders, are unlikely to have multiple or long criminal records. As Weisburd and Waring demonstrate, a significant number of white-collar criminals have multiple contacts with the criminal justice system and like other criminals, they are often led by situational forces such as financial or family crises to commit crimes. White-collar criminals share a number of similarities in their social and economic circumstances with other types of criminals. Weisburd and Waring are led to a portrait of crimes and criminals that is very different from that which has traditionally dominated criminal career studies. It focuses less on the categorical distinctions between criminals and noncriminals and more on the importance of the immediate context of crime and its role in leading otherwise conventional people to violate the law."--BOOK JACKET.
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"...a well-argued research monograph...insightful book...the monograph makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of white-collar crime...White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers makes an important contribution to our understanding of white-collar crime and would make a worthwhile addition to any criminologist's library. The monograph challenges many common conceptions about white-collar offenders and provides a unique and informative picture of the criminal careers of white-collar offenders." Contemporary Sociology

"significant contribution to the literature that focuses on the many varieties of white-collar offenses commited by individuals across categories of social status." The Law and Politics Book Review Nov 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521777636
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
1 White-Collar Crime and Criminal Careers 1
2 Dimensions of Official Criminal Careers 27
3 Crimes of Crisis and Opportunity 51
4 Chronic Offenders 73
5 Prison Sanctions and Criminal Careers 91
6 Understanding Recidivism 115
7 Conclusions 137
App. A Detailed Information about the Sample 157
App. B The Imprisonment Model 163
References 165
Index 183
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