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White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Gilbert Geis

Publication Date - 03 November 2015

ISBN: 9780190219284

176 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Part of Oxford University Press' Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice Series, White-Collar and Corporate Crime provides a thorough overview of this timely topic by one of the field's leading scholars


In this brief, accessible text, Gilbert Geis provides a thorough overview of white-collar crime. Geis opens with a summary of the field's development and the recognition of white-collar crime as an area worthy of study. He then discusses the fascinating history of white-collar crime, examines the phenomenon of corporate crime, and explores the definitions of these crimes and the theories used to explain them.

About the Series

Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Henry N. Pontell, provides essential knowledge on important contemporary matters of crime, law, and justice to a broad audience of readers. Volumes are written by leading scholars in that area. Concise, accessible, and affordable, these texts are designed to serve either as primers around which courses can be built or as supplemental books for a variety of courses.

About the Author(s)

Gilbert Geis was Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Series Editor
Henry N. Pontell is a Distinguished Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.


"The late Gil Geis, a pioneer in the study of white-collar crime, has bequeathed this wonderful book to a new generation of scholars. With his typical historical reach, penetrating insight, and engaging style, Geis has provided a compelling overview of elite criminality that will inspire many to continue on the course that he charted."--Peter Grabosky, Australian National University

"In this concise but compelling volume, Gilbert Geis takes us on a fascinating and informative tour of the development of white-collar theory and research. Wonderfully crafted, White-Collar and Corporate Crime is an essential resource for scholars and an ideal supplement for a range of criminology courses."--Francis T. Cullen, University of Cincinnati

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    1. Enter "White-Collar Crime"
    2. Historical Perspectives
    Staving Off Starvation
    The Roman Empire
    Judeo-Christian Precepts
    Forestalling, Regrating, and Engrossing
    The Muckrakers
    3. Corporate Crime
    The Background
    The South Sea Bubble Case
    Railroads and Reforms
    Enforcement Patterns
    Occupational Danger: The Moeves Case
    Corporate Corruption: The Enron/Andersen Case
    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
    Corporate Governance
    Research and Corporate Crime
    Summing Up
    4. Definitions and Theories
    Defining White-Collar Crime
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1939a)
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1939b)
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1945)
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1948)
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1949a)
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1949b)
    The Backlash
    Frank Hartung/Ernest Burgess (1950)
    Paul W. Tappan (1947)
    Vilhelm Aubert (1952)
    Robert G. Caldwell (1958)
    Herbert Edelhertz (1970)
    Harold Pepinsky (1974)
    Leonard Orland (1980)
    The Yale Law School Project (1982-1991)
    Susan Shapiro (1990)
    White-Collar Crime Theory
    Edwin H. Sutherland (1939)
    James W. Coleman (1987)
    Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi (1990)
    Neal Shover and Andy Hochstetler (2006)
    End notes

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