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Sutherland, E. H. (1983). White Collar Crime: The Uncut Version. New Haven: Yale University Press.



1. Can you see how Sutherland's family and historical context shaped his interests in white collar crime (WCC)?

Chapter 1

2. What are the obsessions ("conventional explanations") of his criminologist contemparies that Sutherland flags in this chapter? Are those obsessions still with us?

3. What are his arguments against these obsessions?

4. What is his thesis?

5. How do the financial costs of WCC compare to other crimes?

6. What are the societal costs?

Chapter 2

7. How widespread is WCC among the country's top companies?

8. Are the offenders habitual?

Chapter 3

Do the best you can to understand what is happening in each of these three case histories. We will talk through in class.

Chapter 4

9. Can you briefly summarize the points in favor of classifying WCC as crime? Can you see how this works for:

antitrust laws

laws against false advertising

labor relations


10. What is the "essential characteristic" of crime?

11. How do criminal intent and presumption of innocence come into the picture?

12. What's with graduated sanctions and shaming? Stigma and Sherman antitrust? P. 54.

13. How do moral sentiments come into play?

14. What's behind differential enforcement?

15. What is the relation between laws and mores? Implications?

Chapter 14

16. How is WCC similar to and different from organized theft (what he calls organized crime here)?

Chapter 15

17. How does differerential association fit here?