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NCJ Number: 229476 Find in a Library
Title: Comparing the Ties That Bind Criminal Networks: Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:52-74
Author(s): Ali Malm; Gisela Bichler; Stephanie Van De Walle
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 23
Document: HTML
Publisher: http://www.palgrave.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Rather then investigating networks formed exclusively through formal organizational ties, this study compared the structure of criminal networks formed by different types of ties (co-offending, kinship, formal organization membership and legitimate business or other noncriminal connections) using p*(exponential random graph) models.
Abstract: Structural analysis of illicit markets suggests that criminal enterprise is to some degree linked with legitimate enterprise, and that networks generally comprise groups and clusters of individuals with varying subgroup structural characteristics. The results of the current study indicate that kinship and formal organization networks are highly cohesive and have low fragmentation probabilities. Therefore, the results show that blood, both through kinship ties or the metaphoric blood that ties formal criminal organizations is thicker than the ties that bind co-offending groups. Policy implications for policing techniques are also discused. (Publisher Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Organization studies; Organized crime; Organized crime investigation; Social cohesion; Social conditions; Social control; Social organization
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