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The paper explains that the term white-collar crime generally encompasses a variety of nonviolent crimes usually committed in commercial situations for financial gain. The paper then discusses the movie "Wall Street", pointing out that it depicted at least five types of white-collar crimes: bribery, insider training, kickback, money laundering and securities fraud. The paper further explains that the fundamental lesson learned in "Wall Street" is that crime does not pay. Sooner or later it will catch up with anyone doing the deed. The paper shows how the portrayal of good people and bad people in "Wall Street" is a resolute example of the battle between good and evil ongoing in society since time immemorial.
From the Paper:"Wall Street portrayed classic cases of white-collar crimes, "coined in 1939 during a speech given by Edwin Sutherland to the American Sociological Society. Sutherland defined the term as 'crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.' Although there has been some debate as to what qualifies as a white-collar crime, the term today generally encompasses a variety of nonviolent crimes usually committed in commercial situations for financial gain. (Bruce, 2006)""
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bruce, Thomas R. et al. White-Collar Crime: An Overview. Wex - Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School. 31 May 2006. 02 June 2006. <http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/White-collar_crime>.
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White-Collar Crimes (2007, February 16) Retrieved April 19, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/white-collar-crimes-92197/
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