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NCJ Number: 156118 Find in a Library
Title: Organized Crime
Editor(s): N Passas
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 608
Sponsoring Agency: Dartmouth Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85521-437-7
Sale Source: Dartmouth Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book focuses on issues related to organized crime as a serious social problem that has survived aggressive efforts of regulatory and law enforcement agencies. The book also describes various forms of organized criminal activity that have been prominent at different periods of time.
Abstract: The first section aims to define and study the concept of organized crime and discusses methodological issues, typologies, and myths associated with crime syndicates. The theoretical discussions contained in the second section revolve around the evolution of organized crime within the American economic and political framework, an ethnic succession theory, and an enterprise perspective. The third section discusses the structure and network of criminal enterprises, including the Mafia, black gangs, Colombian cocaine cartels, and Chinese organized crime. The chapters on organized crime and economic structures use as examples business racketeering, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) scandal, arson and the urban economy in Boston, and the disposal of hazardous waste. The final chapters deal with efforts at regulating and controlling organized crime involvement in prostitution, illegal gambling, and drug trafficking. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Gangs; Organized crime causes; Organized crime prevention; Specialized police operations
Note: The International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Penology
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