Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Victims of Corporate Crime

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_329

Introduction

While the much heralded “rediscovery of the victim” in the latter part of the twentieth century exposed the previously hidden victimization associated with violence against women and minority ethnic groups, it did not extend its gaze to the victims of corporate crime (Croall 2007, 2010; Whyte 2007). Yet this form of crime has a huge impact, encompassing for example, the mass deaths, injuries, illnesses and long term health dangers associated with corporate neglect of safety, health and environmental considerations and the enormous financial losses suffered by individual victims, the general public and, very often, the least affluent.

This contribution will explore the factors underlying this neglect including the extent to which corporate crime victimization fails to “fit” the constructions of crime and victimization prevalent in criminology and criminal justice. It will look at issues of research before outlining the potential scope of victimization and providing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business and SocietyGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK