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Chapter 7: The State and Corporate Crime

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The State and Corporate Crime
The state and corporate crime
SteveTombs and DavidWhyte

The ‘present conditions’, which make the poor poor (or the criminal take to crime) are precisely the same conditions which make the rich rich (or allow the law-abiding to imagine that the social causes of crime will disappear if you punish individual criminals hard enough). (Hall et al., 1978: x)

This disarmingly simple statement from Policing the Crisis (PtC) brims full of suggestion — though never developed by the text's authors and, however well received the text has been over the thirty years since its publication, the ideas in this statement have been subsequently ignored by almost all of what passes for criminology, despite the exponential growth in academic activity in that discipline during those ...

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