Gender and Delinquency in White-Collar Families: A Power-Control Perspective

John Hagan, Fiona Kay

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This article expands the understanding of a kind of white-collar delinquency: youthful violations of patents and copyrights through the copying of audio- and videotapes and computer software. Class and gender variations in these kinds of activities are considered using a power-control perspective that focuses on parental controls and attitudes toward risk-taking. A power-control perspective treats childhood and adolescent socialization as a systemic process of social reproduction that links the family and work spheres, with implications for the understanding of “pink” as well as white-collar crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-407
Number of pages17
JournalCrime & Delinquency
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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