Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies / Edition 1by Dina Siegel
Pub. Date: 11/16/2007
Publisher: Springer New York
Complex interactions of economic, technological, political, and cultural factors have fed the rise of criminal networks worldwide. At the same time, global illegal activities depend on a world of social realities to function. Organized Crime moves beyond traditional concepts of "evil forces" corrupting their host societies, instead analyzing local, national, and… See more details below
Complex interactions of economic, technological, political, and cultural factors have fed the rise of criminal networks worldwide. At the same time, global illegal activities depend on a world of social realities to function. Organized Crime moves beyond traditional concepts of "evil forces" corrupting their host societies, instead analyzing local, national, and international manifestations of organized crime in the situational contexts that aid in its development.
The contributors provide up-to-date understanding of various aspects of organized crime, in both classic areas of research (drugs, sex trafficking, labor racketeering) and emerging areas of interest (diamond smuggling, money laundering, eco-crime), in locales as varied as Italy, Quebec, the Sinai, Bulgaria, and the world’s tropical rain forests. Topics are explored from a variety of perspectives, including sociology, criminology, political science, and anthropology, giving this book empirical breadth and depth rarely seen in the literature.
A sampling of the topics:
Symbolic and economic meanings of crime to cultures.
The symbiotic relationships between legitimate and criminal activities.
Ethical dilemmas of legitimate businesses with criminal clients.
Marketing, problem-solving, recruitment: organizational models of criminal enterprises.
Innovative law enforcement/administrative strategies for containing and preventing crime in the U.S. and across Europe.
Scholars and researchers of organized crime as well as advanced students of criminology will welcome Organized Crime for coverage that is wide-ranging, comparative, and specific enough to match their interests.
Table of ContentsDina Siegel and Hans Nelen – Introduction 1
Criminal groups and activities
Anton Blok – Reflections on the Sicilian Mafia: Peripheries and
their Impact on Centres 11
Letizia Paoli – The Decline of the Italian Mafia 27
Emanuel Marx – Hashish Smuggling by Bedouin in South Sinai 55
Sheldon X. Zhang and Samuel Pineda – Corruption as a Causal
Factor in Human Trafficking 77
Stefano Becucci – New Players in an Old Game: the Sex Market
in Italy 113
Tihomir Bezlov and Philip Gounev – The vehicle Theft Market in
The intertwinement of illegitimate and legitimate activities
Dina Siegel – Diamonds and Organized Crime. The Case of Antwerp 169
Tim Boekhout van Solinge – Eco-Crime: the Tropical Timber Trade 193
Henk van de Bunt – The Role of Hawala Bankers in the Transfer of
Proceeds from Organized Crime 223
Hans Nelen and Francien Lankhorst – Facilitating Organized Crime;
the Role of Lawyers and Notaries 249
Containment and prevention
Carlo Morselli, Dave Tanguay, and Anne-Marie Labalette Criminal
Conflicts and Collective Violence: Biker-Related Account Settlements in Quebec, 1994-2001 287
Richard Staring – Controlling Human Smuggling in the Netherlands.
How the Smuggling of Human Beings Was Transformed into a Serious Criinal Offence 327
James B. Jacobs – The Civil RICO Law as the Decisive Weapon
in Combating Labor Racketeering 365
Antonio La Spina – Recent Anti-Mafia Strategies: the Italian
Hans Nelen and Wim Huisman – Breaking the power of organized
crime? The administrative approach in Amsterdam 405
New York dual strategy to contain organized crime 427
About the authors 449
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