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This introductory text gives students a clear understanding of organized crime from social, political and economic perspectives: what it is, how it has evolved, where it stands, where it is headed, and how societies can respond to it. The authors dispel long-standing myths surrounding organized crime, and consider the phenomenon in all its forms. This logically-organized, highly-readable book promotes learning with extensive pedagogical features, including chapter objectives, critical thinking projects, summaries, key terms, discussion points, and suggested readings. This edition's extensive new coverage includes updated discussions of drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as organized crime groups from China, Nigeria, Albania, Central America, Japan, and the Tri-Border area.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Organized Crime
2. Theories of Organized Criminal Behavior
3. The Evolution of Organized Crime: Urban Beginnings and Major Participants
4. The Evolution of Organized Crime: Southern Beginnings and Major Participants
5. The Businesses of Organized Crime
6. The Illicit Drug Trade
7. Domestic Organized Crime Groups
8. A Comparative Perspective
9. Terrorism as Organized Crime
10. Organized Crime’s Political and Corporate Alliances
11. Controlling Organized Crime
Appendix A. Selected Provisions from the 2001 USA Patriot Act
Appendix B. Chronology of White Supremacist Domestic Terrorist Incidents in the 1980s