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The Prestige of Criminal and Conventional Occupations: A Subcultural Model of Criminal Activity

Ross L. Matsueda, Rosemary Gartner, Irving Piliavin and Michael Polakowski
American Sociological Review
Vol. 57, No. 6 (Dec., 1992), pp. 752-770
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2096121
Page Count: 19
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The Prestige of Criminal and Conventional Occupations: A Subcultural Model of Criminal Activity
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Abstract

We explore the prestige of criminal and conventional occupations using a longitudinal design and ratings from unemployed drug addicts and ex-offenders in seven major metropolitan areas of the United States. These prestige ratings allow us to (1) search for a criminal counterpart to the conventional structure of occupational prestige; (2) examine the relative prestige ratings of criminal and conventional occupations; and (3) assess behavioral hypotheses, derived from theories of criminal subcultures, concerning the relationship between occupational prestige and income from legal and illegal sources. Our respondents rank conventional occupations uniformly higher in prestige than criminal occupations. Moreover, respondents' illegal activities are related to their ratings of the prestige of criminal occupations, but not to their ratings of the prestige of conventional occupations. These results have implications for theories of criminal subcultures.

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