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NCJ Number: 153171 Find in a Library
Title: Organized Crime in America
Author(s): D J Kenney; J O Finckenauer
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 412
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-24702-4
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
20 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book offers a realistic overview of the dimensions of organized crime; the authors cover major theories used to study crime and then focus on the origins and facets of organized crime.
Abstract: The authors attempt to develop a theory-based approach to organized crime by first dealing with definitional problems. They look at organized criminal groups, organized crime methods, and major national commissions and investigative bodies devoted to preventing organized crime. Consideration is paid to organized crime theories, including alien and other conspiracy, cultural transmission, cultural conflict, strain, ethnicity and ethnic succession, enterprise, integrated, and criminality theories. Subsequent book sections focus on the history of organized crime, organized criminal activities of gangs, organized criminal groups and activities in New York City and Chicago, and organized crime prevention strategies. The authors also discuss specific forms of organized crime (gambling, loan sharking, and business and labor crimes), organized crime myths, ethnic and international organized crime, urban and motorcycle gangs, hate groups, and policy issues in dealing with organized crime (media, public education, enforcement, and legalization). References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Drug Related Crime; Gangs; Illegal gaming/gambling; Illinois; Loan sharking; New York; Organized crime; Organized crime prevention; Police
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