Defining and Defying Organised Crime: Discourse, Perceptions by Felia Allum, Francesca Longo

By Felia Allum, Francesca Longo

Organized crime is now an incredible probability to all commercial and non-industrial international locations. utilizing an inter-disciplinary and comparative strategy this publication examines the character of this hazard. through analysing the prevailing, professional institutional discourse on geared up crime it examines even if it has an impression on perceptions of the risk and at the fact of prepared crime.

The ebook first a part of the ebook explores either the paradigm and the explanation of coverage output within the struggle opposed to equipped crime, and likewise exposes the customarily ‘hidden’ inner assumptions embedded in coverage making. the second one half examines the perceptions of equipped crime as expressed by means of quite a few actors, for instance, most people within the Balkans and in Japan, the legal justice method in united states and circles in the overseas medical group. ultimately, the 3rd half offers an total research into the realities of equipped crime with chapters that survey its empirical manifestations in quite a few elements of the realm.

This publication should be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, criminology, safeguard stories and practitioners.

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The fourth approach adopts a social network theory in the study of organized crime. Mcillwain (1999) stresses the relevance of the relationships that link people in the organized crime structure and defines this latter as a social system based on a set of relationships among individuals and groups aimed at providing illegal goods and services. In this perspective, organized crime is considered as a set of multiplex, fluid and interdependent network connections. The patterns of the relationships are dependent on the environment in which organized crime is structured.

Just as political rhetoric links organized crime and terrorism so academics have examined this relationship (Björnehed 2004; Makarenko 2004; Picarelli 2006; Clarke and Lee 2008). Others have sought to analyze organized crime from the perspective of local communities rather than international relations (Hobbs 1998; Gilmour 2008). Those with organized crime careers have contributed to overall understanding, either directly or indirectly, through autobiographical and biographical studies (Barnes, Elias and Walsh 2000; Johnson 2005).

She argues that even with the introduction of anti-mafia laws in the early 1990s and new police and judicial tools to fight organized crime, the relationship between local politicians and organized criminals is flourishing more than ever and, in some cases, a true union of interests and agendas has taken place even more than in the 1990s. It is a sinister reality. Tamara Makarenko analyzes the relationship between the social perceptions of the crime–terror nexus and reality. Do they match up? In particular, she asks whether the interaction of a nexus increases the security threat or acts to make the two more efficient as a combined criminal force.

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