Issues involved in the description and study of white-collar crime--loosely defined as those offenses committed by persons in government, business, and the professions in their occupational roles--are marked at the moment by their tentative, uncertain condition. White-collar crime provides material that is often absorbing, tantalizing, offensive, and intellectually challenging. The issue of proper treatment for white-collar criminals is but one of a range of items capable of arousing intense debate and disagreement. White-collar crime raises questions that confront and seriously challenge sociological and psychological views regarding the cause of criminal behavior. Studies of white-collar crime provide material for penetrating appraisal of the moral and ethical standards of our society, and for reexamination of ideas regarding the relationship between a social structure and the behavior of persons involved in it.
Readers of the following selections will likely be impressed by the rather cozy fellow-feeling that exists among many of the contributions reprinted here, with numerous citations being to readings also reprinted in the volume. In fact, readers may enjoy noting as they proceed how