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Criminological Theory and Organizational Crime

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Volume: 6 Issue: 3 Dated: (September 1989) Pages: 333-358
J Braithwaite
Date Published
26 pages
To understand the circumstances that lead to organizational crime, we need to consider the insights of strain theories on the distribution of legitimate and illegitimate opportunities, of labeling theory on the way stigmatization can foster criminal subculture formation, of subcultural theory as applied to organized business subcultures of resistance to regulation, and of control theory.
It is contended that an integration of these perspectives into a theory of organizational crime is possible; a continuity can be established with the mainstream traditions of criminological theory in the domain of organizational crime. Thirteen propositions are advanced as a basis for building such an integrated theory. The key to this attempt at synthesis is the notion of differential shaming -- the shaming from organizational cultures of compliance versus the shaming from subcultures of resistance to regulatory law. 90 references. (Publisher abstract)


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