Greed is Good: Maximization and Elite Deviance in America by Matthew Robinson

By Matthew Robinson

Based at the suggestion of "Maximization," Matthew B. Robinson and Dr. Daniel S. Murphy supply a brand new concept of elite deviance and company crime known as contextual anomie/strain conception. Exploring how simultaneous use of valid (i.e., criminal) and illegitimate (i.e., deviant or unlawful) technique of chance in pursuit of one's targets, Greed is Good explains numerous kinds of elite deviance and company crime. Contextual anomie/strain concept posits that even though each person in American society reports rigidity and frustration organization with American Dream, there are particular contexts in American society that produce even larger pressure, frustration, and pressures towards crime. One such context is the company office. This ebook affirms how deviance and criminal activity became common in monstrous enterprise because of strain to provide large gains on the cost of all different issues

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Propositions of Contextual Anomie/Strain Theory 1. Greed promotes crime. 2. Greed is emphasized in American culture. a. The American Dream promotes greed by emphasizing the cultural goals of society over the institutionalized means to achieve those goals; this weakens norms of law-abiding behavior. b. The American Dream promotes greed by emphasizing cultural goals of society that are not reachable because of their infinite nature; this leads to perceptions of strain for people regardless of their level of monetary success.

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