Victimization and White Collar Crime: Random or Structured?

Hazel Croall, University of Strathclyde

The diffuse nature of victimisation from white collar crime was seen by Sutherland as one factor underlying a lack of organised resistance to white collar crime. Victimisation is also assumed to be random in its effects and offences are often seen as `accidents', constructions which amount to a denial of victimisation. This paper will critically explore how victimisation from white collar and corporate crime can be alternatively conceptualised and, drawing from a range of sources, will look at the extent to which, far from being random or accidental, the impact of many forms of offending can be seen to reflect wider structures of social inequality. This will be illustrated with reference to gender, age and socio - economic status.

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