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      Symbolic Survival and Harm: Serious Fraud and Consumer Capitalism’s Perversion of the Causa Sui Project

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      The British Journal of Criminology
      Oxford University Press (OUP)

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          Based on empirical research carried out with those convicted of serious fraud, the current article explores the motivations behind engagement in acquisitive criminality. Drawing on the work of Ernest Becker, the article seeks to transcend superficial explanations of fraud which draw on notions of greed and individual pathology, locating causation instead at the level of consumer capitalism’s perversion of the contemporary causa sui project through its stimulation of deep human existential anxieties. It will be suggested that the acts of economic predation perpetrated by the men in the study represent attempts to escape anxiety through the avoidance of symbolic annihilation and that they are illustrative of the way in which the contemporary capitalism generates harm.

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                Journal
                The British Journal of Criminology
                Oxford University Press (OUP)
                0007-0955
                1464-3529
                September 2019
                August 12 2019
                March 12 2019
                September 2019
                August 12 2019
                March 12 2019
                : 59
                : 5
                : 1237-1253
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
                Article
                10.1093/bjc/azz009
                06ef76e0-88e5-409c-89c2-da40c3eda422
                © 2019

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