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NCJ Number: 148964 Find in a Library
Title: Organized Crime, Third Edition
Author(s): H Abadinsky
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 581
Sponsoring Agency: Nelson-Hall Publishers
Chicago, IL 60606
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8304-1234-4
Sale Source: Nelson-Hall Publishers
111 North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for classroom use, this basic text addresses the important dimensions of organized crime and its control, with updated material provided in this third edition.
Abstract: Following a chapter on the definition and structure of organized crime, a chapter discusses the causal theories and historical antecedents of organized crime. Theories reviewed are anomie, differential association, cultural transmission, differential opportunity, ethnic succession, and social control. Historical antecedents include the "robber barons," urban machine politics, and "Prohibition." A chapter on the history of organized crime in New York considers media accuracy regarding organized crime, the personalities involved in Jewish organized crime, and the "families" of Italian organized crime. The chapter on the history of organized crime in Chicago focuses on the criminal individuals, notably Al Capone and Sam Giancana; the organizations; and the significant organized-crime events in that city. A new chapter for this third edition addresses emerging, nontraditional organized crime groups, including cocaine families, prison gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian organized crime, crack gangs, and Sicilian Mafia groups operating in the United States. Three chapters discuss the criminal enterprises of organized crime. These are gambling, loansharking, theft, fencing, sex, drug trafficking, labor racketeering, and infiltration of legitimate business. Federal Laws and Federal law enforcement efforts that target organized crime are profiled, followed by a concluding chapter on Federal committees, commissions, and policy issues that have focused on organized crime. Chapter review questions, 675 references, and author and subject indexes
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Criminal infiltration of business; Criminology; Dealing in stolen goods; Drug smuggling; Federal Code; Illegal gaming/gambling; Illinois; Labor racketeering; Loan sharking; Mob infiltration; New York; Organized crime; Organized crime causes; Organized crime prevention
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