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This Day in White Collar History: The Origins of the “White Collar Criminal”

By Aaron P. Brecher on Dec 28, 2019 02:59 am

80 years ago today, Edwin Sutherland introduced the phrase “white-collar criminal.” Sutherland, a noted criminologist, coined the phrase in an address—”White-Collar Criminality”—to the American Sociological Association on December 27, 1939. The speech focused “crime in the upper or white-collar class, composed of respectable or at least respected business and professional men . . . .” Sutherland...


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