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Deconstructing Organized Crime: An Historical and Theoretical Study [NOOK Book]

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What is organized crime? This question has generated many responses over the decades from scholars, governments, the media, pop culture, and organized criminals themselves. Layered one on top of the other, these answers cumulatively created a "Mafia Mystique" that dominated discourse until after the end of the Cold War, when transnational organized crime emerged as a pronounced, if nebulous, threat to global security and stability. The authors untangle this discourse by providing an interdisciplinary analysis of ...
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Overview

What is organized crime? This question has generated many responses over the decades from scholars, governments, the media, pop culture, and organized criminals themselves. Layered one on top of the other, these answers cumulatively created a "Mafia Mystique" that dominated discourse until after the end of the Cold War, when transnational organized crime emerged as a pronounced, if nebulous, threat to global security and stability. The authors untangle this discourse by providing an interdisciplinary analysis of the subject. By focusing on the American experience that dominated organized crime scholarship during the second half of the 20th century as well as more recent global manifestations of transnational organized crime, they illustrate through a series of case studies that organized crime is best understood not as a series of famous gangsters and events but as a method, a structure of everyday life formed by numerous evolving political, social, economic, and anthropological variables.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786492992
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author

Joseph L. Albini is a professor emeritus in the department of sociology at Wayne State University. He has offered lectures and written numerous articles over six decades on the history of organized crime. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeffrey Scott McIllwain is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Program and co-director of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State University. He lives in La Mesa, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 4

1 The Mystique of the Mafia 7

2 The Mafia Belongs to Sicily 23

3 Searching for "Our Thing" 47

4 Revision 67

5 Organizing Crime 83

6 Survival of the Fittest: From Russia to the Original Sin City 120

7 Globalization and Organized Criminals 148

8 The Organized Crime Matrix: A Transnational System of Social Networks of Organized Criminal Activity 179

Works Cited 191

Index 201

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