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The Secret Power of Criminal Organizations

A Social Psychological Approach

Authors: Travaglino, Giovanni A., Drury, Lisbeth

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    • Presents a new perspective on organized crime and other extreme and criminal groups
    • Evidence based view of community interactions with criminal organizations
    • Brings together viewpoints from sociology, anthropology, political science and psychology
    • Highlights cultural values as a key factor in communities’ interaction with criminal groups
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This Brief presents a social psychological approach to understanding the reaction of communities to organized crime and illegal groups.  Based on a new theoretical framework and the latest empirical evidence, this book explores questions of how criminal organizations are able to gain power and exert governance over entire territories. This book draws on the prototypical example of Italian organized crime and analyzes the thesis that the power of criminal groups is grounded in dynamics of legitimization rather than fear or coercion. The compliance of a community is seen here as stemming from the endorsement of specific cultural values and norms. These cultural values are actively appropriated, mobilized and transmitted by criminal groups, a dynamic the authors have labeled Intracultural Appropriation Theory. The book emphasizes what can be learned from using this emerging theory in similar settings such as those of terrorist groups and violent gangs, and points the way to solutions for this social problem.

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Giovanni A. Travaglino, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), and Lecturer in Social and Organizational Psychology at CSGP, School of Psychology, University of Kent. His research focuses on resistance to criminal organisations and, more broadly, on group processes and inter-group relations in different cultural contexts. He is co-editor with Benjamin Abrams of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest and founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research.

Lisbeth Drury, PhD, is a Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research examines on the impact and antecedents of inter-group relations across a range of public, private and organizational settings.  She is a consulting editor for the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Secret Power of Criminal Organizations
Book Subtitle
A Social Psychological Approach
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Psychology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44161-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44161-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-44160-9
Series ISSN
2192-8363
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 66
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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