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It's Legal but It Ain't Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries
edited by Nikos Passas and Neva R. Goodwin
University of Michigan Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-472-09869-9 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02619-7 | Paper: 978-0-472-06869-2
Library of Congress Classification HF5387.I87 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 174.4

Many U.S. corporations and the goods they produce negatively impact our society without breaking any laws. We are all too familiar with the tobacco industry's effect on public health and health care costs for smokers and nonsmokers, as well as the role of profit in the pharmaceutical industry's research priorities. It's Legal but It Ain't Right tackles these issues, plus the ethical ambiguities of legalized gambling, the firearms trade, the fast food industry, the pesticide industry, private security companies, and more. Aiming to identify industries and goods that undermine our societal values and to hold them accountable for their actions, this collection makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion of ethics in our time.

This accessible exploration of corporate legitimacy and crime will be important reading for advocates, journalists, students, and anyone interested in the dichotomy between law and legitimacy.
Nikos Passas is Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.

Neva Goodwin is Co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

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