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Mafia and Organized Crime: A Beginner's Guide

Mafia and Organized Crime: A Beginner's Guide

by James O. Finckenauer
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Ruthless, cruel, and irresistibly cool: the Mafia has always appealed to the darker side of the imagination. But just what is the Mafia, how does it operate, and what can be done to combat it? James Finckenauer debunks the romantic notions and mystique surrounding the Mafia to reveal the harsh realities of global organized crime in countries spanning from Japan to Russia to Colombia. Demonstrating that organizations like the Mafia are multi-faceted and far more complex than imagined, he argues that organized crime destabilises society on a global scale, perpetuating untold economic, physical, psychological, and societal damage through its control of criminal markets, violence and corruption. Providing vital insight into a hidden world, Mafia: A Beginner’s Guide is ideal reading for anyone intrigued by, or concerned about, this widely misunderstood phenomenon. James Finckenauer has written extensively on organized crime. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, and former Director of the National Institute of Justice, Washington DC.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851685264
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 07/25/2007
Series: Beginner's Guides (Oneworld) Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,220,617
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Organized crime and the Mafia     1
Truth, fiction, and myth - the role of popular culture     30
Explaining the past, present, and possible future     56
The many faces of organized crime     84
Organized crime is what organized crime does     114
An evil business: the traffic in people     141
Confronting the enemy     171
Books and films     193
References and further reading     196
Index     206

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