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date: 17 September 2021

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This chapter reviews the research that privileges the offender-based perspective on white-collar crime through the application of an inductive frame. Noteworthy individual- and organizational-level ethnographies of white-collar offenders are organized historically. The discussion is organized into four eras, starts with Sutherland (1949) and Cressey’s (1953) pioneering work on the definition of the concept and concludes with early 21st-century offender-based work on various types of organizationally based fraudsters and miscreants. Conceptually, the rational choice perspective is emphasized to frame offender decision making. Issues of organizational context are stressed throughout.

Keywords: white-collar offenders, white-collar criminals, ethnography, offender-based definition, qualitative, rational choice, decision making

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