A suitable amount of street crime and a suitable amount of white-collar crime

Inconvenient truths about inequality, crime and criminal justice

Authored by: Paul Leighton , Jeffrey Reiman

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504

10.4324/9780203837146.ch14

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Abstract

Christie’s book, A Suitable Amount of Crime, notes that “crime does not exist as a stable entity”:

It is like a sponge. The term can absorb a lot of acts – and people – when external circumstances make that useful. But it can also be brought to reduce its content, whenever suitable for those with a hand on the sponge.

(2004: ix–x)

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