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3a Are the Working Classes more Criminal than the Middle
Classes?

Perspectives
Functionalist theorists believe official statistics that state working class people tend
to be more criminal than middle class people, and that this is a true reflection of crime…

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The Problem of Law and White Collar Offending
There is another problem when discussing white-collar/corporate crime, as it does not
necessarily mean that the activity / `crime' is illegal. So even if the company or person is
'caught', no one…

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when the goods have been declared unsafe in the more affluent countries (a fairly
common procedure with pharmaceuticals).

Box (1987) claimed that multinational businesses / companies use undeveloped countries
to dump products, plants and practices that are illegal in industrialised…

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law. Box argues that if an organisation is unable to achieve its goals using socially
approved methods, then it may turn to other, possibly illegal methods of achieving its
goal of maximising profit.

Box suggests that there are a number…

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Occupational crime
The impact of occupational crime
Theft by employees is a major source of crime in Britain - though whether the action of
depriving an employer of goods, services or money is actually defined as theft is a real…

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