Sociology Index


Criminogenic market structure creates those conditions or structures which themselves seem to create crime. Just as hospitals create disease, it is possible that prisons or even courts or youth correction centres are criminogenic. A criminogenic market structure is the unsaturated demand for and ready availability of illegal goods. A criminogenic market structure tends to produce criminal behavior.

Criminogenic market structure creates crime

A Criminogenic Market Structure: the Automobile Industry - Harvey A. Farberman.

Abstract: Sociologists have come under attack for ignoring the role powerful elites play in controlling society's central master institutions by establishing policies which set structural conditions that cause other lower level people to commit crimes.

This study suggests how one elite, automobile manufacturer, creates a criminogenic market structure by imposing on their new car dealers a pricing policy which requires high volume and low per unit profit.

This criminogenic market structure strategy gives the manufacturer increased total net aggregate profit, and it places the new car dealer in a financial squeeze.

Shipping and scuttling: Criminogenesis in marine insurance - Eeuwke Faber, Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Sciences. Among the instances of maritime fraud, the scuttling of ships, the deliberate sinking of a ship in order to collect the insurance money, stands out. It has been suggested that marine transport is prone to infiltration by organized crime groups. These are suggestions that have never been substantiated, but they could point towards a criminogenic market-structure of the marine insurance industry.

Interactionist conceptualizations of the "criminogenic market structure" is described by Farberman 1975; Denzin 1977.

Denzin, "Notes on the Criminogenic Hypotheses: A Case Study of the American Liquor Industry," 1977.