Sociologists study the social causes and consequences of human behavior. In reference to crime, sociologists aim to analyze the nature, cause, and control of criminal activity. White-collar crimes create widespread and dramatic social harm exceeding that of street crimes like homicide and robbery.

What is White-Collar Crime?

The term white-collar crime was first introduced in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland in an address to the American Sociological Association. Sutherland defined white-collar crime as “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social ...

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