C142, SOC 142; White-Collar Crime
TA: Stacy Calhoun
Professor Henry Pontell
SE II, Rm. 2389
Office hrs. Tuesday 3-4
This course provides an examination of theory and research in the field of
Henry N. Pontell, Ph.D.
Department of Criminology, Law and Society
Department of Sociology
University of California, Irvine
Introduction: White-Collar Crime
What is it?
Causes of White-Collar Crime
WhiteWhite-collar crime is a complex
Challenges conventional theories of crime
and deviance, and at the same time,
embraces many of them
All criminal behavior requires two basic elemen
What is DEVIANCE ?
! Disapproved of, and unconventional
! Must ask: Disapproved of by whom?
Unconventional according to what
! Objective of this course is to examine
the ways in which social scientists go
about studying wh
Deviance and Crime
Is All Crime, Deviance,
Or All Deviance, Crime?
The relationship between
the two is problematic
What is a Social
Social Problems can be
Objectivists focus on
! Sykes and Matza
! How do people come to do things that are
! How can deviants maintain a positive self
image in the face of public scorn?
! Psychoanalytic perspective: Deviants are
mentally ill, may feel gui
Sociologist/Lawyer Paul Tappan
Called the term, loose, invective, and doctrinaire.
White-collar crime was simply an
occupational behavior to which some particular criminologist takes
Despite such objections, the term has survived.
! What is drug use? What is a drug?
! Pharmacological definition is very broad
! Any chemical substance other than food
that affects the living process
! Sociological view is that what
constitutes a drug depends on how it
becomes defined and categor