Althusser and Croall

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Althusser argues that the law is an ideological state apparatus which functions in the interest of the capitalist class to maintain and legitimate class inequality in the following ways:

-Snider notes that the capitalist state is reluctant to pass laws that potentially threaten capitalism, for example tax cuts.

-Reiman argues that white collar crimes are under policed and under punished.

-Box notes that the powerful kill and steal from ordinary members of society but these killings are not covered by the law.

-Law enforcement is selective and it tends to favour the rich and the powerful.



Croall defined white collar crime as committed in the course of legitimate employment, which involves the abuse of an occupational role. Croall suggests that fraud, accounting offences, tax evasion, insider dealing and


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