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General theory, gender-specific theory, and white-collar crime

Kristy Holtfreter (School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 5 October 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of gender in white-collar crime. Directions for future research testing general and gender-specific theories are provided.

Design/methodology/approach

Prior research is reviewed and critiques of general and gender-specific explanations for offending in the workplace context are advanced.

Findings

Gender-specific explanations in other offending contexts (e.g. violent crime) appear to be less applicable to the understanding of white-collar crime, a finding that lends support to general theory.

Practical implications

This paper provides an outline for future research testing criminological theory in organizational settings.

Originality/value

This paper represents a unique attempt to apply general and gender-specific theories to a variety of financial crimes in the context of organizations.

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Citation

Holtfreter, K. (2015), "General theory, gender-specific theory, and white-collar crime", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 422-431. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-12-2014-0062

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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