Elite Deviance

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-09
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For courses in deviance and corporate crime. Elite Devianceincludes both criminal and non-criminal elite acts that cause great harm. Unique in its scope, Elite Deviancecovers not only corporate crime and political corruption in historical and contemporary contexts, but also the relationship between the two. Numerous current examples and case studies grab students' interest and reinforce all major theoretical points in the book. Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab with Pearson eText (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 020586371X / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205863716

Author Biography

David R. Simon earned a PhD in sociology from Rutgers University in 1975, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley's Alcohol Research Group in 1983-1984.

Dr. Simon is the author of Elite Deviance (Tenth Edition 2012) and eight other books. He has also published over 50 scholarly articles, book chapters, and review essays. He has written over a dozen pieces in popular magazines and newspapers. He is currently retired and continues to write books and articles.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Nature of Elite Deviancep. 1
Scandal-Plagued Americap. 1
The Bailout Racketsp. 3
Scandals Within the Economic Spherep. 6
A Theory of Elite Deviancep. 9
The U.S. Social Structure: The Power Elitep. 10
Economy-State Linkages and the Functions of Governmentp. 20
Benefits That Elites Seek from the Statep. 28
The Higher Immorality and Links Between
Various Kinds of Crimep. 30
The Classification of Elite Deviancep. 33
Acts of Economic Dominationp. 36
Crimes of Government and Governmental Controlp. 36
Elite Deviance as a Denial of Basic Human Rightsp. 37
Conditions Leading to Elite Deviancep. 37
Consequences of Elite Deviancep. 38
Conclusionp. 39
Critical Thinking Exercise 1.1p. 40
Endnotesp. 40
Elite Deviance and the Higher Immoralityp. 45
The Nature of the Higher Immoralityp. 45
Case Study: Inequality of Wealth, Income, and Power in Americap. 46
The Wealth Distributionp. 47
The Relationship Between Wealth and Powerp. 48
Income and Powerp. 49
The Higher Immorality and the Political Economyp. 53
Corporate Compensation: Salaries, Taxes, and Perksp. 53
Welfare for the Well-Off: Tax Breaksp. 56
The Asset-Depletion Rangep. 57
Taxes and Multinational Corporationsp. 58
Misappropriated Charity: Foundationsp. 58
The Creation of Crisisp. 60
Antitrust Lawsp. 62
The Higher Immorality and Corporate Crimep. 63
Penalties: The Double Standardp. 65
Public Awarenessp. 66
Organized Crime and the Business Elitep. 67
Organized Crime and Repressionp. 67
Organized Crime and Profitsp. 70
Organized Crime and the Political Elitep. 74
The Vatican Bank Scandalp. 78
Conclusionp. 81
Critical Thinking Exercise 2.1p. 83
Endnotesp. 83
Corporate Deviance: Monopoly, Manipulation, and Fraudp. 87
Costs of Corporate Crimep. 87
Penalties for Corporate Crimep. 87
Monopoliesp. 89
The Corporate Frankensteinp. 91
Price-Fixingp. 94
Case Study: The Electrical Conspiracyp. 97
Price Gougingp. 99
Taking Advantage of the Disadvantagedp. 99
Taking Advantage of Unusual Eventsp. 100
Making Extraordinary Profits Through Deceptionp. 101
Deceptive Advertisingp. 104
Fraudp. 109
Case Study: The Madoff Scandalp. 112
Conclusionp. 116
Critical Thinking Exercise 3.1p. 117
Endnotesp. 118
Corporate Deviance: Human Jeopardyp. 122
Individual Jeopardyp. 122
Unsafe Productsp. 122
Food Pollutionp. 127
The Tobacco Industryp. 135
Dangerous Working Conditionsp. 140
Collective Jeopardyp. 148
Wasting Resourcesp. 150
Polluting the Environmentp. 153
Conclusionp. 159
Critical Thinking Exercise 4.1p. 160
Endnotesp. 160
National Defense, Multinational Corporations, and Human Rightsp. 165
The Military-Industrial Complexp. 173
The Defense Establishment and Its Originsp. 173
Consequences of Defense Policiesp. 179
The New Global Economyp. 181
Deviance and Multinational Corporationsp. 182
Government Policyp. 185
Dumping Toxic Wastep. 186
Human Rights, Multinationals, and U.S. Foreign Policyp. 187
Iranp. 191
Latin Americap. 192
Chilep. 195
Assessing U.S. Supportp. 196
Conclusionp. 198
Critical Thinking Exercise 5.1p. 198
Endnotesp. 199
Political Corruption: Continuity and Changep. 203
Money and Politicsp. 207
Purchasing Goods and Servicesp. 208
Public Fundsp. 209
Public Propertyp. 210
Regulation of Commercial Activitiesp. 211
Zoning and Land Usep. 212
The Legislative Processp. 212
Election Fraudp. 215
Unfair Campaign Conductp. 216
Scandal-Plagued America: The Bush Years as Metaphorp. 217
Continuing Corruptionp. 219
Conclusionp. 222
Critical Thinking Exercise 6.1p. 222
Endnotesp. 223
Political Deviancep. 225
The Corrupting Environment of Politicsp. 231
Domestic Political Deviancep. 234
Secrecy, Lying, and Deceptionp. 234
Abuse of Power by Government Agenciesp. 240
Political Prisonersp. 244
Official Violencep. 247
International Crimesp. 253
U.S. Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of Other Nationsp. 253
War Crimesp. 255
Conclusionp. 257
Critical Thinking Exercise 7.1p. 258
Endnotesp. 259
Understanding Elite Deviancep. 264
Why Elite Deviance?p. 264
Elite Deviance and the Sociological Imagination: A Paradigm for Analysisp. 265
Elite Deviance and American Values: The American Dreamp. 266
Social Structure: The Dominance of Elite Institutionsp. 268
Characteristics of Bureaucratic Structuresp. 271
Centralization of Authorityp. 272
Specialized Vocabularies and deologiesp. 273
Fragmentation and Routinizationp. 275
Image Construction and Inauthenticityp. 276
Front Activitiesp. 276
Elite Deviance and "Individual" Characteristicsp. 277
Organizational Conditions and the Production of Deviant Personalitiesp. 279
Links Between Elite Deviance and Nonelite Deviancep. 282
Tangible Linksp. 282
Symbolic Linksp. 283
Elite Deviance and Victimizationp. 284
Constructionist and Objectivist Positions on Elite Deviancep. 288
Conclusionp. 290
Critical Thinking Exercise 8.1p. 292
Endnotesp. 293
The Scandalization of Americap. 297
The Higher Immorality in an Era of Greedp. 297
Watergatep. 301
Iran-Contrap. 303
Early Involvement with Iranp. 304
Diverting Funds to the Contrasp. 305
The Scandal: Contragatep. 306
The Nugan-Hand Bank Affairp. 306
The Iran-Contra Conspiracy: "Operation Polecat"p. 306
Connections and Conspiraciesp. 307
Contragate and the Changing Nature of American Power and Corruptionp. 308
Characteristics of Contemporary Scandalp. 310
The Study of Elite Deviancep. 314
Conclusionp. 317
Critical Thinking Exercise 9.1p. 318
Endnotesp. 319
Epilogue: Economic Democracyp. 322
A Proposal to Transform Societyp. 322
The Real Secret Governmentp. 323
America's Main Driftp. 323
The Local Community and Social Changep. 325
Foreign Policy and Population Crisisp. 329
Why Change Must Comep. 330
Codap. 332
Endnotesp. 333
Sourcesp. 333
Publicationsp. 333
Booksp. 334
Organizationsp. 334
Author Indexp. 337
Subject Indexp. 341
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