Crime-Work Connections: Exploring the ‘Invisibility’ of Workplace Crime

  • Pamela Davies
  • Victor Jupp


This chapter uses the organising theme of crime and work connections to develop an understanding of criminal activity and its location or siting. In particular, the chapter focuses upon one location or site of criminal activity: the workplace. Criminal acts can be seen to thrive at the junctures between the legitimate and illegitimate. What is more, they not only thrive at the boundaries between the legitimate and the illegitimate but also within and between the formal and informal settings. The workplace is seen as hiding several forms of criminal activity, often ‘dressing up’ activities as acceptable business practice. In other instances the activities in the workplace are approaching the illegitimate and are near illegal but are nevertheless visible practices, often excused or rationalised as ‘perks of the job’. The chapter also evaluates the usefulness of the concept of work for understanding some types of crimes committed for economic gain. The crime-and-work connection also points to the ways in which crimes may be understood by those seeking to explain the behaviour and activities. It is argued that explanations of such crimes might more fully appreciate the offender’s perspective.


Crime Prevention Shadow Economy Informal Economy White Collar Crime Corporate Crime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Davies
    • 1
  • Victor Jupp
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NorthumbriaNewcastleUK
  2. 2.University of NorthumbriaNewcastleUK

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