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Bill McCarthy and John Hagan (2001)

When Crime Pays: Capital, Competence, and Criminal Success

Social Forces, 79(3):1035--1060.

Several theoretical traditions offer insights into individual success in conventional activities. We extend this work, suggesting that explanations of success also apply to crime -- although prosperity in licit or illicit activities has several unique antecedents, success in either endeavor is in influenced by common factors. Most research on conventional success focuses on the effects of human & social capital, & criminal forms of these are important for illegal success. We argue that various aspects of conventional personal capital -- a heightened desire for wealth, a propensity for risk-taking, a willingness to cooperate & competence -- also play important roles in both legal & illegal prosperity. We demonstrate the importance of various types of capital, particularly the salience of personal capital, with data on drug-selling income. 5 Tables, 1 Figure, 90 References. Adapted from the source document.

Toronto, Ontario, *Human Capital, *Drug Trafficking, *Income, *Cultural Capital, *Crime, *Success, Youth, Vancouver, British Columbia, article, 2147: social problems and social welfare; sociology of crime
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Crime; *Success; *Human Capital; *Cultural Capital; *Income; *Drug Trafficking; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Youth

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