White-Collar Criminal: The Offender in Business and the Professions

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5
CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORIES OF VIOLATIONS
OF WARTIME REGULATIONS

Marshall B. Clinard

Within recent years there have been a number of papers which have attempted to reformulate criminological theory so as to include not only violations of the customary criminal law but violations of the white-collar type, where the measures taken are generally either civil or administrative in character. 1 White-collar crime has not been integrated into criminological theory in part because its scientific implications have not as yet been fully recognized. This is indicated by the fact that practically no research is now being done in this field. There is also an element of doubt upon the part of some as to whether such behavior actually is criminal. Moreover, there is possibly some hesitancy of otherwise scientific writers to examine the behavior of business concerns since this involves certain values of the economic system which are partially in the mores of our day and should not be questioned.

This paper is a description of violations of the price and rationing regulations issued by the Office of Price Administration. 2 The interest is primarily in the violations by wholesaler and manufacturing concerns and

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Reprinted from American Sociological Review, 11 ( June, 1946), pp. 258-270.

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