Organizing Crime in Chinatown: Race and Racketeering in New York City, 1890-1910 / Edition 1

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Long an historical fact, organized crime in the Chinese-American community can be attributed to politics and anti-Chinese laws that created opportunities for professional criminals to thrive.
About the Author

Jeffrey Scott McIllwain is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology program in the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies as well as Director of the International Security and Conflict Resolution program at San Diego State University.

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a meticulously documented work of scholarship...this is revisionist history at its best.
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exciting example of modern interdisciplinary scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786416264
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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
1 Alien Conspiracy, Yellow Peril and the "Threat" Posed by "Non-Traditional" Organized Crime 5
2 Social Networks and the Organization of Crime 10
3 Social Networks and the Institutionalizing of Guanxi 25
4 The Four Vices and the Bachelor Society 41
5 Chinese Syndicates: Prostitution and Opium 50
6 Chinese Power Syndicates: Gambling and Muscle 67
7 New York After Chinatown 83
8 Chinatown Vice and "The Bowery! The Bowery!" 105
9 Setting the Stage for a Tong War 127
10 The Gloves Come Off 147
11 "The Dead Dove of Peace" 166
12 Rethinking the Gangster Image 183
App.: Comments on Literature, Sources, and Methodology 189
Chapter Notes 203
Bibliography 231
Index 245
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