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date: 20 October 2021

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This chapter considers white-collar offenders from the perspective of life-course theory and thus integrates the study of white-collar crime into mainstream criminology. The main principles and findings of the life-course perspective are outlined, followed by a discussion about the characteristics and criminal careers of white-collar offenders. The potential effects of propensities and controls on white-collar offending are then addressed. The discussion then turns to recent social, historical, and legal changes that may have influenced motivations and opportunities for white-collar crime and thus affected patterns in white-collar offending over the life course. The chapter concludes by noting what white-collar crime researchers might take from the life-course perspective to advance understanding of white-collar offenders and how the life-course and developmental perspectives might be improved if they expanded their focus to adult white-collar offending.

Keywords: white-collar crime, life-course theory, developmental perspectives, white-collar offending, criminal careers

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