Toward an Integrated Theory of White-Collar Crime

@article{Coleman1987TowardAI,
  title={Toward an Integrated Theory of White-Collar Crime},
  author={James William Coleman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1987},
  volume={93},
  pages={406 - 439}
}
  • J. Coleman
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This paper attempts to integrate etiological research on white-collar crime under the hypothesis that criminal behavior results from the confluence of appropriate motivation and opportunity. The starting point is the interactionist theory of motivation basic to most of the social psychological research on white-collar crime. Interactionist theory helps us understand white-collar crime in terms of the offenders' symbolic construction of their social worlds but ultimately fails to explain its… Expand
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