Religion and the acceptability of white-collar crime

A cross-national analysis

Katie E. Corcoran, David Pettinicchio, Blaine Robbins

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    This article examines whether shared religious beliefs and religious social relationships (Durkheim) and belief in a personal, moral God (Stark) negatively affect attitudes toward the acceptability of white-collar crime. In addition, using a large cross-national sample and estimating multilevel models, we test whether effects are conditional on modernization and religious contexts characterized by belief in an impersonal or amoral God. Shared religious beliefs and the importance of God in one's life are negatively related to the acceptability of white-collar crime. These effects, however, weaken in religious contexts characterized by belief in an impersonal or amoral God as do the effects of religious social relationships and belonging to a religious organization; modernization, on the other hand, does not have a moderating effect. In short, religious belief is associated with lower acceptance of white-collar crime and certain types of religious contexts condition this relationship.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)542-567
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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    Acceptability
    Crime
    Religion
    Deity
    Religious Beliefs
    Modernization
    Social Relationships
    Impersonals
    Religious Organizations
    Acceptance
    Emile Durkheim

    Keywords

    • Durkheim
    • Modernization
    • Moral communities
    • Religious belief
    • Stark
    • White-collar crime

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    • Religious studies

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    Religion and the acceptability of white-collar crime : A cross-national analysis. / Corcoran, Katie E.; Pettinicchio, David; Robbins, Blaine.

    In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 51, No. 3, 01.09.2012, p. 542-567.

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    Corcoran, Katie E. ; Pettinicchio, David ; Robbins, Blaine. / Religion and the acceptability of white-collar crime : A cross-national analysis. In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 2012 ; Vol. 51, No. 3. pp. 542-567.
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