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White and Blue-Collar Crimes, Double Standards?

1. What are White and Blue-Collar Crimes?

2. Discuss in detail any three white-collar crimes of your choice? Offer examples to support your answer?

3. Do you think that our society generally demonstrates a double standard in terms of prosecution between White-Collar and Blue-Collar Crimes? Explain your response in a comprehensive manner. Provide examples to support your response.

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1. What are White and Blue-Collar Crimes? Discuss in detail any three white-collar crimes of your choice? Offer examples to support your answer? Do you think that our society generally demonstrates a double standard in terms of prosecution between White-Collar and Blue-Collar Crimes? Explain your response in a comprehensive manner. Provide examples to support your response.

White collar crime is differentiated from blue collar crime in the field of criminology. For example, white-collar crime has been defined by Edwin Sutherland as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation" (1949). Sutherland came from the perspective of Symbolic Interactionism, and argued that criminal behavior was learned behavior through interpersonal interaction with others. Thus, white-collar crime aligns with corporate crime due to the opportunity for fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer crime, and forgery, which is more available to white-collar employees. Clearly, the types of crime committed are a product of the "criminal" opportunities available to the potential offender. Therefore, like the "while collar" offenders, those employed in relatively unskilled environments and living in inner-city areas have fewer "situations" to exploit (Clarke, 1997), so these offender are referred to as "blue collar" offenders. In fact, blue-collar crime tends to be more ...

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By addressing the questions, this solution discusses aspects of White and Blue-Collar Crimes. References are provided in APA format.

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