Organized Crime: Culture, Markets and Policies: Culture, Markets and Policies (Google eBook)

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Springer, Dec 16, 2007 - Criminology - 238 pages
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The term “global organized crime” is often used to refer to worldwide illegitimate activities of criminal groups and networks and is associated with the so-called “globalization process”. Although it can not be denied that due to economic, technological, political and cultural developments, borders have disappeared or changed, markets have extended, mobility and communication facilities have improved, it would be a major fallacy to study organized crime and its containment solely from a global perspective. The central premise of this book is that we need more in-depth, empirically funded, knowledge on organized crime in specific situational contexts, rather than trying to predict how organized crime might develop throughout the world. The fifteen contributions in the book deal with various aspects of organized crime (drugs, diamonds, human trafficking, eco-crime, conflict resolution, underground banking, crime facilitators) in various parts of the world (Sicily, Sinai, the US, Quebec, Amsterdam, Antwerp, tropical rain forests in Africa and Asia and so on). Distinguished scholars pay attention to historical and contemporary manifestations of organized crime, the symbiotic relationship between legitimate and illegitimate activities, and innovative, dual strategies that have been developed to contain and prevent these serious forms of crime. They explore different theoretical arguments from the perspective of their own disciplines, which include sociology, criminology, political science and anthropology.
  

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Contents

Introduction
2
Hashish Smuggling by Bedouin in South Sinai
29
the Sex Market in Italy 57
56
The vehicle Theft Market in Bulgaria
71
The Case of Antwerp 85
84
The Tropical Timber Trade
97
The Role of Hawala Bankers in the Transfer
113
The Civil RICO Law as the Decisive Weapon
183
The Italian Experience
195
Breaking the Power of Organized Crime?
207
About the Authors
219
Index
226
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