High and Low Corruption: Children, Capabilities, and Crime analyzes “high corruption” in terms of political corruption and high-end white-collar crime, and “low corruption” in terms of juvenile delinquency and street crime. It shows how delinquents and street criminals often suffer from arrested development of their basic human capabilities. In turn, Harry Adams argues that their maldevelopment often emerges neither merely through their own fault when they were children nor through the fault of biological caregivers who were guilty of parental child neglect. Beyond this, Adams argues that the maldevelopment of at-risk youth commonly emerges through a kind of political child neglect, when corrupt public officials fail to provide adequate protection or back-up support for their development. In these ways, the author shows how the former type of high corruption (or “suite crime”) can significantly contribute to the latter type of corruption (and street crime). By applying a set of moral, constitutional, and criminological principles from Derek Parfit, Ronald Dworkin, and Jeffrey Reiman, respectively, Adams also provides a systematic account of why and how both these types of corruption should be curbed.
Harry Adams has taught as assistant professor at the University of Texas (UTPA/RGV) and as associate professor at Prairie View A&M University.
Chapter 1. Low Corruption: Delinquency and Street Crime by Society’s Most Powerless Members
Chapter 2. High Corruption: Suite Crime by Society’s Most Powerful Members
Chapter 3. The Powerful Harming the Powerless
Chapter 4. Improved Social Games: From Corrupt States to Non-Corrupt Societies
Chapter 5. Non-Corrupt Societies: Capabilities Developed, Power(s) Well-Managed
Chapter 6. Criminal Justice Conditions of Non-Corrupt Societies
Conclusion: Models of Corrupt and Non-Corrupt Societies
Appendix 1. Sentencing Street Criminals and Suite Criminals
Appendix 2. Epigraphs on Corruption
Appendix 3. Further Reading
Appendix 4. Detailed Chapter Contents
About the Author
"Harry Adams breaks new ground on the relationship between crimes of powerful adults and crimes of powerless children. A capabilities approach is applied to reveal what societies must transform and institutionalize to nurture strong children. It is a rich storytelling book that will engage a broad readership interested in corruption. For scholars, it accomplishes engagement between philosophy and criminology of a kind that is all too rare, yet much needed. Adams delivers a wonderful corrective to the failures of criminology to pursue the profound connections between corruption in the suites and suffering in the streets."