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Respectable Citizens - Shady Practices: The Economic Morality of the Middle Classes

Stephen Farrall and Susanne Karstedt


Drawing on survey data from a comparative study of England and Wales and the former East and West Germany, this book examines economic crimes of ‘everyday life’, such as overestimating losses in insurance claims, cheating on taxes, misusing store or credit cards, and defrauding medical and social services. The book delves into the extent of both feelings of ‘victimization’ at the hands of insurers, restaurants who add additional charges, banks who make excessive charges, or other citizens during second-hand sales, and of offending, such as deliberately engaging in crimes of everyday life. The ... More

Keywords: economic morality, crime in the marketplace, white-collar victims and offenders, victim–offender overlap, regulation, middle-class crime, fear of crime, institutional anomie theory, moral economy, European crimes of everyday life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199595037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Farrall, author
Professor of Criminology, University of Derby

Susanne Karstedt, author
Professor of Criminology, Griffith University