Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cressey, Donald R.: Embezzlement and White-Collar Crime
Cheryl Lero Jonson & Gilbert Geis
Particularly notable among Donald R. Cressey's major contributions to many aspects of the criminological realm was his role in revising Edwin H. Sutherland's landmark textbook Criminology published in 1924 through the 5th to the 10th edition following Sutherland's death. Cressey served as an intellectual acolyte to Sutherland, seeking to defend and shore up his mentor's theory of differential association as it increasingly fell into desuetude. But Cressey was by no means a scholarly sycophant, and, as we shall see, he had some strong critical words for what he regarded as Sutherland's failure to appreciate that corporations could not by an anthropomorphic slight-of-hand be regarded as actors in the same way that human white-collar criminals could to form the basis for satisfactory criminological theory. Like so many scholars who made impressive contributions early in their careers to the study of white-collar crime—among others Marshall Clinard and Richard Quinney years ago and ...