In his presidential address to the American Sociological Society more than a quarter of a century ago, Edwin H. Sutherland advanced the idea that crime was being perpetrated by members of society that were considered "normal," "affluent," and "well-adjusted". This notion of a new criminal class played havoc with the traditional theories of crime causation and directed considerable research away from the criminal at war with society to the criminal nestled snugly in society's lap. Since then the concept of "white-collar crime" has become even more important for the understanding not only of criminal behavior but of the total social and moral structure of American society as well.White-Collar Criminal brings together, for the first time since the concept was enunciated, the major classic and contemporary writings in this rapidly expanding area of investigation. The book provides a provocative array of studies of the crimes committed on the upper echelons of American life-embezzlement, business theft, consumer fraud, antitrust violations, and many others-as well as the most significant theoretical writings on the subject.The book is both absorbing and intellectually challenging. Teachers seeking to give their students an understanding of this basic segment of criminological thought and research will find this volume a unique combination of empirical data and theoretical analysis in highly readable form.Gilbert Geis is currently professor emeritus in the department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He has been project director on grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law, and research director of an Office of Economic Opportunity program employing former narcotic addicts in street work with addicts and as classroom assistants in junior high schools. Geis has served as chairman of the section on Crime and Delinquency of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and as secretary-treasurer of the criminology section of the American Sociological Association. He has been a consultant to the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice; in this capacity he was responsible for draft statements on white-collar crime and on compensation to victims of violent crime.

chapter 33|17 pages


ByGilbert Geis

part I|2 pages

What is “White-Collar Crime”?

chapter 1|17 pages

The Criminaloid

ByEdward Alsworth Ross

chapter 2|17 pages

Criminals of the Upperworld

ByAlbert Morris

chapter 3|17 pages

White-Collar Criminality

ByEdwin H. Sutherland

part II|2 pages

Corporate and Business White-Collar Crime

chapter 4|17 pages

Crime of Corporations

ByEdwin H. Sutherland

chapter 5|17 pages

Criminological Theories of Violations of Wartime Regulations

ByMarshall B. Clinard

chapter 6|17 pages

Why Businessmen Violate the Law

ByRobert E. Lane

chapter 7|17 pages

The Heavy Electrical Equipment Antitrust Cases of 1961

ByGilbert Geis

chapter 8|17 pages

How Ethical are Businessmen?

ByRaymond C. Baumhart

part III|2 pages

Commercial and Professional White-Collar Crime

chapter 10|17 pages

White-Collar Offenses in the Wholesale Meat Industry in Detroit

ByFrank E. Hartung

chapter 11|17 pages

White-Collar Crime and Social Structure

ByVilhelm Aubert

chapter 12|17 pages

Social Structure and Rent-Control Violations

ByHarry V. Ball

chapter 13|17 pages

Cheating on Taxes

ByEdmond Cahn

chapter 14|17 pages

The Criminal Violation of Financial Trust

ByDonald R. Cressey

part IV|2 pages

White-Collar Exploitation and its Victims

chapter 17|17 pages

The Merchant and the Low-Income Consumer

ByDavid Caplovitz

chapter 18|17 pages

Home Maintenance and Repair

ByPresident’s Committee, Consumer Interests

chapter 19|17 pages


ByPresident’s Committee, Consumer Interests

chapter 20|17 pages

What the Health Hucksters Are up to

ByChanging Times

chapter 21|17 pages

Van Doren as Victim: Student Reaction

ByGhdys Engel Lang, Kuri Lang

chapter 22|17 pages

Public Attitudes Toward a Form of White-Collar Crime

ByDonald J. Newman

part V|2 pages

White-Collar Offenses and the Legal Process

chapter 24|17 pages

The Defense of the White-Collar Accused

ByHarris B. Steinberg

chapter 25|17 pages

Russia Shoots Its Business Crooks

ByGeorge Feifer

chapter 26|17 pages

101 British White-Collar Criminals

ByG. E. Levens

chapter 27|17 pages

A Study of Incarcerated White-Collar Offenders

ByJohn C. Spencer

part VI|2 pages

Controversy Regarding the Concept of White-Collar Crime

chapter 28|17 pages

Is “White-Collar Crime” Crime?

ByEdwin H. Sutherland

chapter 29|17 pages

Who is the Criminal?

ByPaul W. Tappan

chapter 30|17 pages

A Re-Examination of the Concept of White-Collar Crime

ByRobert G. Caldwell

chapter 32|17 pages

The Use of Criminal Sanctions in the Enforcement of Economic Legislation: a Sociological View

ByHarry V. Ball, Lawrence M. Friedman