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Off the Books

Sociologists and political economists typically have seen underground economies as isolated aberrations in the capitalist system, brought on by the extreme situations of wartime restrictions or excessive taxes. In Off the Books Bruce Wiegand draws a general theory of underground economies and their essential relations to the economic mainstream.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Undergound Economy in Historical Context: A Sociology of Knowledge Analysis of Three Different Concepts Chapter 2 The Wartime Black Market: Profiteering with Impunity Chapter 3 On the Margin of Capitalism: Theories of Poverty and Irregular Work Chapter 4 The Rise and Fall of Underground Economy Theory, 1977-1989 Part 5 Underground Economy Theory Reconsidered: Definitions, Structure and Process Chapter 6 Defining the Underground Economy: Important Distinctions in the Literature Chapter 7 The Paradox of Capitalist Development: Structure and Process in the Underground Economy

About the Author

Bruce Wiegand is on the sociology faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has worked in Washington, D.C., at the Internal Revenue Service on the Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program. Professor Wiegand was also a Fulbright Scholar in Belize, Central America (1988-1989). He is presently at work on a study of smuggling in developing countries.

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