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Beyond the Mafia
Organized Crime in the Americas


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Organized Crime

© 1998 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Moving past the scope of Mafia crime families in New York and Chicago, Beyond the Mafia offers, for the first time, a comparative perspective on non-traditional organized crime in the Americas. Providing in-depth coverage of 10 criminal groups, the focus of organized crime expands to Canada and Latin America, offering an extensive American view of organized crime from outside the traditional Mafia. Although the groups covered have contemporary significance, chapters include a historical overview as well as future considerations. Editor Sue Mahan has coordinated a coherent paradigm for the comparative study of organized crime: Part I introduces organized crime as an enterprise and explores patterns found in legitimate business along with those in criminal organizations. Part II discusses the role of violence in organized crime. Part III covers the concept of ethnicity and the relevance of culture to organized criminal groups. Part IV addresses the issue of opportunity and the ways in which opportunities for success are structured within organized crime. Finally, a concluding section explains the relationships between criminal justice policy and organized crime. This book is a valuable text of considerable interest for university and community college students in courses on organized crime, criminology, and crime in the Americas; scholars and researchers; and professionals in the criminal justice system who are developing policies in response to organized crime.
 
PART ONE: ILLICIT ENTERPRISE
 
Discussion
Corporate Crime  
Marshall B Clinard
The Rape of the Third World
 
Discussion
Moonshiners  
Wilbur R Miller
The Political Economy of Mountain Dew
 
PART TWO: ETHNICITY AND TRADITION
 
Discussion
Chinese Gangs  
Ko-Lin Chin
Gang Characteristics
 
Discussion
The Yakuza  
David E Kaplan and Alec Dubro
North America
Foothold on the Mainland  
 
PART THREE: VIOLENCE
 
Discussion
The Medell[gr]in Cartel  
Mar[gr]ia Jimena Duzàn
La Comuna Nororiental
 
Discussion
The Vice Lords  
Alex Kotlowitz
Excerpt from There Are No Children Here
 
PART FOUR: OPPORTUNITY
 
Discussion
Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs  
Daniel R Wolf
Women and the Outlaws
 
Discussion
The Russian Organizatsiya  
William Kleinknecht
The Organizatsiya
 
PART FIVE: CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY
 
Discussion
Chicano Prison Gangs  
R Theodore Davidson
Baby Mafia or Family
 
Discussion
Pirates  
Frank Browning and John Gerassi
Pirates and Profiteers
 
Epilogue
Beyond the Mafia  

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ISBN: 9780761913597