Space, Time, and Organized Crime: Second edition / Edition 2

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Most research on organized crime reveals only a limited sense of its history. Our understanding suffers as a result. Space, Time, and Organized Crime shows how arguments about the sources, consequences, and extent of crime are distorted as a consequence of crude empiricism. Originally published in Europe in 1991 as Perspectives on Organizing Crime, this book is a timely blend of history, criticism, and research. Fully one-fourth of this new edition contains hitherto unpublished materials especially relevant to the American experience.

Space, Time, and Organized Crime describes the background of Progressive Era New York. It then broadens its scope by exploring the changes in drug production and distribution in Europe from about 1925 to the mid-1930s. Block addresses such little explored issues as the ethnicity of traders, the structure of drug syndicates, and the impact of legislation that attempted to criminalize increasing aspects of the world’s narcotic industry prior to the Second World War. He then goes on to present organized crime’s involvement with transnational political movements, intelligence services, and political murders. Space, Time, and Organized Crime concentrates on ambiguities evident in organized crime control, such as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s protection of criminal off-shore financial interests, and the contradictions found in America’s war on drugs.

Space, Time, and Organized Crime demonstrates that the essential nature of crime in the twentieth century (regardless of where it takes place) cannot be understood without sound historical studies and a more sophisticated criminological approach. Block’s unique blend of stratification in a historical context will be of special interest to historians, sociologists, criminologists, and penologist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560001041
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan A. Block is emeritus professor of crime, law and justice, and Jewish studies at Pennsylvania State University. In addition, from 1998–2001, he served as director of the Jewish studies program at Pennsylvania State University. He has written numerous books and articles on organized crime, including All is Clouded by Desire: Global Banking, Money Laundering, and International Organized Crime, and Space, Time, and Organized Crime.

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Table of Contents

1 History and the Study of Organized Crime 3
2 Organized Crime: History and Historiography 21
3 Progressive-Era Cocaine Trade 71
4 European Drug Trafficking: Between the World Wars 93
5 Fascism and Organized Crime: The Assassination of Carlo Tresca 129
6 Violence and Clientelism: The Assassination of Jesus de Galindez 169
7 Organized Crime and Toxic Waste: An Overview 203
8 Contemporary Waste Issues 231
9 The Complex Interests of Attwoods plc: A Personal Encounter 245
10 Racketeering in Fuels: Tax Scamming By Organized Crime 307
11 Commentary on Operation Leprechaun: The Internal Revenue Service Under the Alexander Regime 343
12 Into the Abyss of Environmental Policy: The Battle over the World's Largest Commercial Hazardous Waste Incinerator Located in East Liverpool, Ohio 381
Index 449
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