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  • Organized Crime
    Organized Crime
  • Organized Crime
    Organized Crime
  • Organized Crime
    Organized Crime
  • Organized Crime
    Organized Crime


Organized Crime, Third Edition enlivens today's discussion of hot criminal topics: who the organized crime players are, what they do, and how to bring them to justice. The third edition features discussions of the following: New topics: bull; bull;Arms trafficking bull;Contraband smuggling bull;Counterfeiting bull;Environmental crime bull;Trafficking in gems and gold bull;High-tech crime bull;Intellectual property rights violations bull;Trafficking in women and children Updates on: bull; bull;Trafficking in nuclear material bull;21st century terrorism and the impact of 9-11 bull;Albanian drug smuggling networks bull;Expansion of Chinese and Japanese organized crime bull;Mexican, Nigerian, Dominican drug syndicates bull;Recent changes in Southeast/Southwest Asia bull;Drug trafficking trends bull;Piracy Organized Crime, Third Edition, gives students what they need to know about organized crime and the criminal justice system's fight to stop it. Exciting current topics, along with fully-updated research and references, will keep students abreast of the most important issues and trends in organized crime today!

Table of Contents

Understanding Organized Crime
Theories of Organized Criminal Behavior
The Evolution of Organized Crime: Urban Beginnings and Major Participants
The Evolution of Organized Crime: Southern Beginnings and Major Participants
The Businesses of Organized Crime
The Illicit Drug Trade
Domestic Organized Crime Groups
A Comparative Perspective
Terrorism as Organized Crime
Organized Crimersquo;s Political and Corporate Alliance
Controlling Organized Crime
Selected Provisions from the 2001 USA Patriot Act
Chronology of White Supremacist Domestic Terrorist Incidents in the 1980s
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Crime and criminality have been cornerstones for countless movie and book plots and radio/TV talk shows over the decades. Of all the varied types of criminal activity, however, organized crime has proven to be the most intriguing through the years. Images of pin-striped gangsters, police shoot-outs, and flamboyant lifestyles emerge whenever the topic of organized crime is mentioned. To a great extent, these images form the basis for stereotyping what the public generally perceives as organized crime. However, these images fail to portray organized crime realistically. The third edition ofOrganized Crimeis designed to be an introductory text serving several purposes in the field of criminal justice. First, it provides the reader an understanding of the concept of organized crime, what it is and what it is not. It also gives the reader the necessary historical foundation for understanding the evolution, development, and current status of organized crime. Most important, the book is designed to dispel the myth that organized crime is composed exclusively of Italian-American criminal groups. In fact, when considering the overall problem of crime in our communities, other groups, such as African-American, Mexican, Colombian, and Jamaican criminal groups, play an increasingly important role in it. Another important component to the book is that drug trafficking plays an important role in the continuing proliferation of organized crime groups. The existence of the illegal drug trade says much about those groups that traffic illicit drugs and about those members of society who use these drugs and consequently lend support to organized criminals. In addition to a separate chapter dealing with the issue, the topic is discussed periodically throughout the book. We have made a great effort to present this material in a logically organized, readable fashion. The problem of organized crime is examined from a social perspective using specially designed pedagogical features. These include chapter objectives, critical thinking exercises, chapter summaries, key terms, and suggested readings. All of these features are designed to promote scholarly thought and insight into the problem of organized crime while presenting important thematic questions in each chapter including these: What is organized crime? Is there really a Mafia? Is terrorism organized crime? Do political machines still exist? Although there are no hard-and-fast answers to these questions, readers can draw conclusions and perhaps develop probing questions on their own. In many respects the most important pursuit for students studying organized crime is to develop sufficient mastery of the topic to ask the right questions. Organized Crime, Third Edition incorporates a considerable amount of new material and updates. New/revised topics include: arms trafficking; contraband smuggling; counterfeiting; piracy; Chinese organized crime; drug trafficking: Colombian traffickers, Mexican drug syndicates, Nigerian drug traffickers, Albanian drug smuggling networks, Dominican drug traffickers; trafficking in gems and gold; high tech crime; intellectual property rights violations; trafficking in nuclear material; environmental crime; trafficking in women and children; Southeast Asia; Afghanistan; and the Japanese Yakuza. The preparation of this book was a demanding task because it required sifting through an enormous amount of historical data and archives to present the most salient aspects of the organized crime problem. The efforts of the authors were augmented by numerous individuals and organizations. In addition to the research offered by well-known researchers in the field, information was also culled from governmental reports generated by organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, the National Institute of Justice, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In addition to those special people an

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