lecture 4, soc 149

lecture 4, soc 149 - Sociological theories of white collar...

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Sociological theories of white collar crime Southerland’s Differential association started it Strain theory first used to explain lower class street crime Early version by Merton may apply to white collar crime Little known fact: Robert Merton’s son was an economist working for Long Term Capital
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Merton’s theory of golas and means Merton used the term anomie Feeling of normlessness How did this occur? Disjuncture between goals and means to achieve Goals are the good life; conscipuous consumption? Means are, white collar job But what if you do not keep up with the Joneses?
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Anomie produces deviance So if you can not achieve the goals by conventional means, Merton argues for innovation Innovation = white collar crime/fraud General Strain Theory expands on these arguments
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Strains are Inability to achieve valued goals Actual or threatened loss of positively valued stimulii (friends; possessions; status)
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