Shaming, shame and recidivism : a test of reintegrative shaming theory in the white-collar crime context

Murphy, Kristina and Harris, Nathan 2007, Shaming, shame and recidivism : a test of reintegrative shaming theory in the white-collar crime context, British journal of criminology, vol. 47, no. 6, pp. 900-917.

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Title Shaming, shame and recidivism : a test of reintegrative shaming theory in the white-collar crime context
Author(s) Murphy, Kristina
Harris, Nathan
Journal name British journal of criminology
Volume number 47
Issue number 6
Start page 900
End page 917
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0007-0955
1464-3529
Summary Despite the popularity of reintegrative shaming theory in the field of criminology, only a small number of studies purporting to test it have been published to date. The aim of the present study, therefore, is to provide an empirical test of Braithwaite's (1989; Braithwaite and Braithwaite 2001) theory of reintegrative shaming in the white-collar crime context. The data on which the study is based came from survey data collected from a group of 652 tax offenders. Consistent with predictions, it was found that feelings of reintegration/stigmatization experienced during an enforcement event were related to reoffending behaviour. Those taxpayers who felt that their enforcement experience had been reintegrative in nature were less likely to report having evaded their taxes two years later. Consistent with Braithwaite and Braithwaite's (2001) hypotheses, shame-related emotions were also found to partially mediate the effect of reintegration on subsequent offending behaviour. Implications for the effective regulation of white-collar offenders are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, The Author
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