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dc.contributor.authorKarstedt, Susanne
dc.contributor.editorJudith van Erp , Wim Huisman , Gudrun Vande Walle , Joep Beckers
dc.description.abstractMy assignment here is to offer some American reflections on an emerging European criminology of white-collar crime, which is so thoroughly represented in this handbook. As a native-born, lifelong American citizen, and as someone who has been thoroughly engaged with the criminology of white-collar crime over a long period of time - and especially over the past 25 years or so - I should be up to this challenge. But I would also note that my parents were refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and I grew up in a home with a German-born father, a French-born mother, and an English-born grandmother: i.e. in a home suffused with a European sensibility. I first visited Europe as a young child in 1952 - when some of the bomb damage of World War II was still very visible - and I have visited Europe many times in the intervening years. In recent years I have especially enjoyed participating in stimulating criminological symposia in Prato, Maastricht, London, Onati and Utrecht. Most recently, in May-June 2013, I did a brief visiting professor stint at Stockholm University, addressed the Finnish Economic Crime Investigators during their annual educational cruise, and made a presentation at the University of Iceland. So I am certainly an American, but one with a completely European ancestry and family heritage and multiple ties to a European world. Before proceeding further, however, one could note that both American and European are obviously somewhat problematic terms in relation to any notion of a unified or homogeneous perspective. As Hazel Croall correctly notes, in her Afterword, the term 'American' itself is problematic in terms of whether it refers to North American only, as is the norm, or all the Americas (i.e. Central and South America as well). And of course the term is commonly applied, as is the case here, even more restrictively, to the United States. Altogether, American white-collar crime scholars adopt quite diverse approaches. In my case, I identify primarily with a humanistic (as opposed to positivistic) and critical (as opposed to mainstream) approach. And to the extent that there are somewhat different (although increasingly eroding) regional cultural differences within the United States, I am a product of a Northeastern (specifically metropolitan New York City) background. Needless to say, European white-collar crime scholars come to the topic with even more pronounced country-specific experiences - e.g. from Albanian to Norwegian, and everything in between - in addition to the whole range of other differences in orientation, with generational cohort differences applying as well for both Americans and Europeans. In sum, these reflections are very much those of one American white-collar crime scholar on the work of a diverse - and sometimes sharply divided - group of European white-collar crime scholars.
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Routledge Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Europe
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology not elsewhere classified
dc.titleCharting Europe’s moral economies: Citizens, consumers and the crimes of everyday life
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorKarstedt, Susanne

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