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Traditional Organized Crime in the Modern World

Responses to Socioeconomic Change

Series: Studies of Organized Crime, Vol. 11

Siegel, Dina, van de Bunt, Henk (Eds.)

2012, XII, 196 p.

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  • Describes the influence of the worldwide financial crisis on global organized crime
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of how mafia-like structures function today
  • Covers historical and current international issues
Despite strenuous efforts from local, national, and international law enforcement, organized crime continues to thrive and prosper—even centuries-old crime outfits are surviving the global forces of mass migration and multinational business and finance. From traditional gangland enterprises such as narcotics, gambling, and prostitution, the world’s mafias have moved into new sources of illegal income, including high-tech arms smuggling, money laundering, and identity fraud. Traditional Crime in the Modern World tracks these organizations—the Italian and Mexican mafias, Columbian drug cartels, Chinese triads, and others—across five continents as they adapt to change, and assesses their prospects in the short and long term. World events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 9/11 terror attacks are discussed in the context of contributing to emerging markets for illicit goods and services, and to evolving partnerships among criminal entities. This timely volume: • Provides a comprehensive overview of how mafia-like structures function today. • Analyzes in depth national crime situations with global implications. • Examines the migration of organized crime groups and their operations in their new countries. • Gauges the influence of digital and other technologies on organized crime. • Where applicable, notes the links between organized crime and national political institutions. • Describes the impact of the global financial crisis on crime organizations. Concise, compelling, and deeply documented, Traditional Crime in the Modern World is an eye-opening resource for researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, particularly with an interest in organized crime and trafficking, as well as related topics of Demography, Political Science, and International Relations.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Developmental Economics - Global Financial Crisis - Mafia - Organized Crime - Technology and Crime

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Part 1: Organized crime in Europe.- Italian Mafias’ Asymmetries.- Vory v zakone – Russian Mafia.- Turkish Organized Crime: from Tradition to Business.- Part 2: Organized crime in de United States.- Traditional Crime in the Modern World: How Triad Societies respond to Socioeconomic Change.- Part 3: Organized crime in Asia.- The Cosa Nostra in the U.S.-Adapting to Changes in the Social, Economic and Political Environment after a 25-year Prosecution Effort.- Chinatown Tongs in America: Continuity and Opportunities.- Part 4: Organized crime in Latin American.- Colombian Organized Crime: From Drug Trafficking to Parastatal Bands and Wide-spread Corruption.- México: Organized crime politics and insecurity.

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