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Understanding deception: disentangling skills from conviction

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date02/2013
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Journal number1
Volume52
Number of pages10
Pages55-64
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Deception is often associated with economic gain and white-collar crime. But studying deception highlights the need for criminologists and practitioners to move beyond legal definitions and conviction rates when attempting to achieve depth in understanding criminality, its motivations and possible specialisms. Further, to explore the complexity of deception requires recognition of the range of skills inherent in this modus operandi, which is better recognised as a potentially-criminal tool found in much criminal behaviour. Theories that attempt to explain specialisation need to move on from a focus on crimes committed and give appropriate attention to skills employed