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March 17, 2012

Inequality, Corporate Power and Crime Presentation

I had the pleasure of being invited to give the Saul Sidore lecture at Plymouth State University last week. It was titled The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Inequality, Corporate Power and Crime.

The first part of the lecture is an overview of class, including income, wealth, economic mobility and corporate power. It is descriptive rather than making a moral or justice argument (although it does report on some surveys on our feelings about inequality). 

The second part discusses implications of inequality for criminology based on Braithwaite's idea that inequality worsens both crimes of poverty motivated by need and crime of wealth motivated by greed. It includes a number of Occupy Wall Street posters, graphics and pictures. 

If you would like to view the presentation below, use the left button to switch to the full screen mode so all the text is legible.

Inequality, Corporate Power and Crime

The 39 slide Powerpoint (.pptx - 10mb) is available here.

The .pdf (3mb) is here.


Of related interest: Gregg Barak - my co-author on Class, Race, Gender & Crime - has written a short article on the Financially Respectable Crimes of Wall Street; he also has a the introduction posted from his forthcoming book Theft of a Nation: Wall Street Looting and Federal Regulatory Colluding.

UPDATE: While at the Sidore lecture, I met student journalist Wanda Waterman, who interviewed me on some other issues. Part 1 and Part 2.


RELATED

Why Inequality Matters for Criminology & Criminal Justice (World Congress of Sociology presentation, 2014)

Manifestations of Poverty (longer presentation for EMU Honors College, 2013)

Criminology Needs More Class: Inequality, Corporate Persons and an Impoverished Discipline (#occupy) [American Society of Criminology presentation, 2012]

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