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Postconviction and powerful offenders: the white collar offender as professional-ex

Postconviction and powerful offenders: the white collar offender as professional-ex

Hunter, Ben and Farrall, Stephen (2015) Postconviction and powerful offenders: the white collar offender as professional-ex. In: Barak, Gregg, (ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of the Crimes of the Powerful. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, New York, pp. 314-331. ISBN 978-0415741262

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In this chapter we explore the postconviction accounts of white-collar offenders with reference to professional-ex statuses. In adopting a professional-ex status an individual draws upon a previous, deviant identity, in order to give legitimacy to a new identity e.g. when those convicted of fraud become fraud investigators. We focus in detail upon two white-collar offenders to identify their experiences as they adopted professional-ex roles, as told through their published autobiographies. White-collar offenders formed very specific professional ex identities as they drew upon past deviant identities as a means of proceeding with their life in the wake of conviction. Adopting white-collar professional ex status helped them manage specific facets of their postconviction lives but in ways different to those in which professional-ex statuses have been identified as operating for offenders more generally. The analysis outlines the specific uses professional-ex roles are put to by white-collar offenders, comparing white-collar offenders’ professional-ex roles with how professional-ex statuses have been conceptualised more generally. It is suggested that professional-ex statuses may be particularly useful for white-collar offenders because they offer a means of demonstrating change: Something that such offenders may find difficult to come by.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Ch. 31.
Uncontrolled Keywords: white-collar crime, desistance from crime, autobiography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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