Explanations of corporate crime

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  • Explanations of corporate crime
    • Strain theory
      • Box: if a company cannot achieve its goal of maximising profit by legal means, it may employ illegal ones instead
    • Differential association
      • If a company's culture justifies committing crimes to achieve corporate goals, employees will be socialised into this criminality
    • Labelling theory
      • Nelken: delabelling (unlike the poor, businesses and professionals often have the power to avoid labelling)
    • Marxism
  • Box: capitalism has created mystification
    • Pearce: this sustains the illusion that it is the exception rather than the norm, and thus avoids causing a crisis of legitimacy for capitalism
    • Marxism


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