Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies / Edition 1

Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies / Edition 1

by Dina Siegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 038774732X

ISBN-13: 9780387747323

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

Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387747323
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
11/16/2007
Series:
Studies of Organized Crime Series, #7
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Dina Siegel and Hans Nelen – Introduction 1

Criminal groups and activities

Historical transformations

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

Transnational flows

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

Bulgaria 143
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

Law enforcement

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

Dual strategies

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

Experience 383

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

Index

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