“If You Want to Get Paid, You’ve Got to Do It”: A Qualitative Study on the Morality of Crime

Maitra, Dev, McLean, Robert and Deuchar, Ross (2018) “If You Want to Get Paid, You’ve Got to Do It”: A Qualitative Study on the Morality of Crime. Deviant Behavior, 39 (7). pp. 949-961. ISSN 0163-9625

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2017.1343036

Abstract

Although many criminological studies do not make explicit references to morality, judgements around “right and wrong” are implicitly part of criminality. This article seeks to articulate the moral justifications offered by offenders, and to contrast these to the behavioral codes of wider society. Offenders (n = 75) involved in serious organized crime were interviewed in two regions (Glasgow and a county in the North of England), and findings indicate that offenders shared consensus around (a) the “morality of robbing,” where some individuals are deserving of victimization, (b) violence against women and children, which offenders believe as morally wrong, and (c) race-based offences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
V500 Philosophy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 11:35
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2019 15:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35692

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