Studies of Organized Crime

Inside Criminal Networks

Authors: Morselli, Carlo

  • First extensive study of criminal networks
  • The case study designs and analytical paths are straightforward and can serve as a source for future research endeavours using a variety of data sources
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About this book

What do an illegal drug importer, a stolen car exporter, a Hells Angels member, an accountant, and an airplane hijacker have in common? Like most people, they all operate in social networks—and at times, they come together in criminal networks which, though tightly structured and controlled, undergo constant change. Inside Criminal Networks takes a social network perspective to a variety of illegal enterprises, focusing on these organizations’ "flexible order" and the collective coping and adjustment strategies of offenders when key members or opportunities are lost.

Rich with communication data, electronic surveillance material, and other law-enforcement investigative sources, case studies pursue a number of analytical paths into the partnerships, pecking orders, and situations in flux (e.g., street gang presence within drug distribution), and identify central challenges to research (e.g., are these failed networks if members are arrested?). Flexibility is revealed as a driving force as the book examines:

  • Operational structures and dynamics.
  • Roles of key and peripheral players.
  • The tentative balance between efficiency and security.
  • Criminal network positions and individual traits.
  • Uses of legitimate actors in illegal settings.
  • Adaptation when networks are disrupted.

Compellingly written and meticulously presented, Inside Criminal Networks offers rare up-close insights to readers in the criminology and organized crime research fields, and to social network theorists and analysts.

About the authors

Author: Carlo Morselli (Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology, Université de Montréal)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Legitimate Strengths in Criminal Networks

    Morselli, Carlo

    Pages 1-12

  • Hells Angels in Springtime

    Morselli, Carlo

    Pages 1-16

  • Street Gang Presence in Drug-Distribution Operations

    Morselli, Carlo

    Pages 1-19

  • The Criminal Network Perspective

    Morselli, Carlo

    Pages 1-21

  • Brokerage Qualifications in Ringing Scripts

    Morselli, Carlo

    Pages 1-19

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eBook $149.00
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Hardcover $199.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-1861-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inside Criminal Networks
Authors
Series Title
Studies of Organized Crime
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09526-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09526-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-09525-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1861-1
Series ISSN
1571-5493
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 204
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations
Topics