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TREATMENT OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME VERSUS TREATMENT OF BLUE COLLAR CRIME IN ENGLAND

One factor that does separate most white collar crime from most blue collar crime is that the harm inflicted by white collar crime is typically not the result of an interpersonal confrontation between offender and victim. Another differentiation sometimes applied in defining white collar crime is its relationship to the concept of capitalism. In this context, there are crimes against capitalism and crimes committed in the course of capitalism. Within this framework, blue collar crimes include all crimes committed against the system, while white collar crimes are committed as a part of the functioning of the system. Thus, in this context, embezzling from one's employer would be classified as a blue collar crime (whereas it is usually thought of as a white collar crime), while dumping toxic chemicals by a business corporation would be viewed as a white collar crime. Within this framework, crimes against capitalism (blue collar crimes) are seen by many people to be punished more harshly than are crimes committed in the course of capitalism. Even when white collar crime defined in this way is prosecuted, it is typically small business persons, as opposed to the officers of large commercial and industrial corporations, who are most often penalized.

For the purposes of this current research, a broader definition of white collar crime is accepted. Political crime, securities fraud, environmental pollution, and similar actions are included. So, too, ho

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