The first use of the term white-collar crime was in 1939. Sociologist Edwin Hardin Sutherland (1883–1950) used it in a speech given to the American Sociological Society. He coined the term in order to refute the claims of those criminologists, social workers, and others who claimed that crime was the work of poor, disadvantaged young men from broken homes, or those from psychopathic or sociopath conditions. In contrast, Sutherland stated that people in business or in public positions of authority or in ...

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