Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies / Edition 1

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The term “global organized crime” is often used to refer to worldwide illegitimate activities of criminal groups and networks and is associated with the so-called “globalization process”. Although it can not be denied that due to economic, technological, political and cultural developments, borders have disappeared or changed, markets have extended, mobility and communication facilities have improved, it would be a major fallacy to study organized crime and its containment solely from a global perspective. The central premise of this book is that we need more in-depth, empirically funded, knowledge on organized crime in specific situational contexts, rather than trying to predict how organized crime might develop throughout the world.

The fifteen contributions in the book deal with various aspects of organized crime (drugs, diamonds, human trafficking, eco-crime, conflict resolution, underground banking, crime facilitators) in various parts of the world (Sicily, Sinai, the US, Quebec, Amsterdam, Antwerp, tropical rain forests in Africa and Asia and so on). Distinguished scholars pay attention to historical and contemporary manifestations of organized crime, the symbiotic relationship between legitimate and illegitimate activities, and innovative, dual strategies that have been developed to contain and prevent these serious forms of crime. They explore different theoretical arguments from the perspective of their own disciplines, which include sociology, criminology, political science and anthropology.

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Dina Siegel is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She studied sociology and social anthropology at Tel Aviv University in Israel and obtained her PhD in cultural anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has studied and published several articles on post-Soviet organized crime, terrorism, human trafficking, criminal activities in diamond sector, and on drug policies in the Netherlands. In 2003 she edited (together with Van de Bunt and Zaitch) Global Organized Crime. Trends and Developments (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004). She conducted ethnographic research on Russian-speaking criminals in the Netherlands, Russian biznes in the Netherlands (2005, Meulenhoff).

Hans Nelen is a criminologist and has a law degree. Between 1986 and the beginning of 2001 he was employed as a senior researcher and research supervisor at the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands (WODC), mainly investigating drug crime, fraud and corporate crim. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a senior lecturer and senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since January 1 2007 Nelen has been working as a Professor of Criminology at Maastricht University (UM). During the last decade Nelen published several books and articles on a variety of criminological subjects, i.e. corruption and fraud, dilemmas facing lawyers and notaries, the administrative approach to organized crime, the proceeds-of-crime approach, evaluation of legislation, and evaluation of law enforcement activities.

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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


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