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Crime History: 'Dean of Criminology' coins term white-collar criminal

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On this day, Dec. 27, in 1939, Edwin Sutherland introduced the concept of white-collar crime at a speech to the American Sociological Association, leading to a fundamental change in the study of crime. Sutherland, often called the "Dean of Criminology," claimed that the conventional wisdom about crime at the time was wrong because it only explained crime of lower classes. He was influenced by...

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