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

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OCCUPATIONAL STRUCTURE AND CRIMINAL
BEHAVIOR: PRESCRIPTION VIOLATIONS BY
RETAIL PHARMACISTS

Richard Quinney

An increasing number of sociologists have become interested in the study of occupations, noticeably neglecting at the same time the criminal behavior which occurs within occupations. 1 On the other hand, sociologists concerned with the study of white-collar crime have not made any systematic attempts to consider the social structure of occupations in their explanations of white-collar crime. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that an analysis of the occupation should be considered in the attempt to explain violations of laws and regulations which control occupational activities and that such an approach makes it possible to learn more about both the structure of the occupation and the criminal behavior which occurs within the occupation. More specifically, the principal problem of the study is to offer an explanation for a type of criminal behavior which occurs in retail pharmacy in terms of an analysis of the occupation.

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Reprinted from Social Problems, 11 ( Fall, 1963), pp. 179-185.

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