In the current economic climate, this book could not be more timely. One of the world's leading experts explores the connections between crime and economic conditions, linking the formal economy to the operation of illegal markets and both, in turn, to changes in the forms and levels of crime over time.
The book offers a readable, interesting and accessible analysis, covering a range of theoretical and empirical approaches. It addresses a range of different criminal activities, including: violent crime; burglary; drug crime; white collar crime; organised crime; fraud; corporate crime
Crime and the Economy is written in plain English, technical terms (when used) are be explained clearly, examples punctuate the discussion, and visual material is used throughout to explain the topics under discussion. It is essential reading for undergraduates and graduates in criminology and sociology.
Chapter Four: Understanding the Economic Context of Crime in Capitalist Societies
Understanding the Economic Context of Crime in Capitalist Societies
In the middle of the last century, C. Wright Mills, a sociology professor at Columbia University, published a book that was destined to become a classic: The Sociological Imagination. Mills was a severe critic of the society of his time and of the dominant sociological approaches to the understanding of this society. With respect to the latter, he criticized two ‘unfortunate tendencies’ that he felt were dominant in the discipline of sociology and that stood in the way of realizing the promise of the sociological imagination (Mills, 1959: 22). He referred to these tendencies as ‘grand theory’ and ‘abstracted empiricism’. In Mills's view, both entail a distorted connection ...