Sutherland and White Collar Crimes
What is a white collar crime?
1. What are some of the principal elements of E. H. Sutherland’s contribution to the study of
white collar crime? What are some of the limitations of Sutherland’s approach? What factors
seem to have contributed to Sutherland’s interest in white collar crime and to the relative
disinterest of most other criminologists?
2. Identify some of the main issues involved in the challenge of defining white collar crime. What
arguments can be made for and against favoring “white collar crime” over “elite deviance”? What
are the benefits and drawbacks to a typological approach to white collar crime?
3. On what basis can white collar offenders be referred to as “trusted criminals,” and what is the
special significance of the concept of trust in relation to white collar crime? How do the notions of
respectability and risk interrelate with the concept of white collar crime?
4. Which social developments may have contributed to a social movement against white
collar crime, and which factors continue to act as constraints against any such movement? What
role has the media played in shaping public perceptions of white collar crime, and what factors
contribute to media distortions of such perceptions?
5. Identify the principal agents who expose white collar crime in contemporary society. What
factors motivate people to expose such crime, and what factors inhibit them from doing so? What
specific policy measures can be adopted to encourage exposure of white collar crime? the book
for this Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime In Contemporary Society, 4th Edition
By: David O. Friedrichs it chapter one
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