Comparing Blue and White Collar Crime

White collar crime is associated with a person’s social status and occupation, (Schmalleger, 2014). These are individuals considered affluent, prosperous, and high socio-economic class. They also hold high positions within an organization with access to resources to commit crime. Most likely these crimes require little physical activity or involvement. These can range from fraud and money laundering to embezzlement or AntiTrust violations like price fixing. White-collar crimes are often easy to conceal and given little media attention. For this reason, violators are less likely to be arrested or convicted with the assistance of expensive lawyers. Furthermore, white-collar criminals do not fit the myths and stereotype of a criminal. They are upper class high salary citizens and distinguished professions in their field.

Blue-collar crime is everything else and is best defined by their lower socio-economic status. These are people that hold low and mid-level occupations. They may even be unemployed. Blue-collar crime is violent crimes, crimes against property, person, and even victimless crimes like drug abuse or prostitution, (Graham, 2012). These are crimes that “cause an immediate and highly visible injury to society”, (Graham, 2012). Blue-collar crimes receive the most media attention and are a larger cause of concern for society. Examples of blue-collar crimes are burglary, rape, or violence. Individuals who commit blue-collar crimes are more likely to be young. These are crimes that require physical involvement and little skill. They are also crimes where criminals are more likely to be convicted.


Graham, M. (2012). White collar crime and the united states economy. (Master’s thesis, University of New Hampsire). Retrieved from

Schmalleger, F. (2014). Criminology today: An integrative introduction. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.


About Russia Robinson

I am an independent freelance writer and free thinker. I strive to use my writing talents to benefit the greater good of society, one word, one sentence, one page at a time. Originally from Richmond, California I attended San Francisco State University receiving a BA in English Creative Writing and American Literature in 2004. After this I attended post graduate studies in 2008 at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University in Technical Writing. With an academic background in English, I have spent more than 10 years’ helping young people succeed. This can be seen in my career background in education and mental health. I am a certifiable Language Arts teacher for the state of Georgia. I also worked in social services including juvenile mental health treatment services and counseling. As a result, I understand the diversity of problems people face in their everyday lives. With words put together like so, I promote equality and a healthy society for all people regardless of individual differences. Conducting research, writing articles, essays, and blogging, I push to educate others about various issues that affect people. I also do this creatively through short stories, poems, pictures, and a novel in progress. My hobbies and interest are reading and learning. I enjoy all things art and all things nature. From camping and astronomy to photography and cooking, I enjoy sighting seeing and socializing just as much as I enjoy curling in bed with a good book or binge watching TV.
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