Philadelphia's Black Mafia: A Social and Political History / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Springer Netherlands
Philadelphia's 'Black Mafia':
-is a first step in developing both data and sophisticated theoretical propositions germane to the ongoing study of organized crime;
-uses primary source documents, including confidential law enforcement files, court transcripts and interviews;
-explores the group's activities in detail, depicting some of the most notorious crimes in Philadelphia's history;
-thoroughly examines the organization of the Black Mafia and the group's alliances, conspiracies and conflicts;
-challenges many of the current historical and theoretical assumptions regarding organized crime.
Table of ContentsSocial History 1968–1974.- 1968–1972: The Origins of the Black Mafia.- 1973–1974: Murder and Infamy.- 1968–1974: Social Movements, Social Systems and the Black Mafia.- The Politics of Ignorance and the ART of Exploitation.- Research Methodology.- Social History, 1975–2002.- 1975–1984: Philadelphia’s Black Mafia on the Wane.- 1985–2002: Old Heads, Old Habits.- Criminology and the History of African-American Organized Crime.- Discussion: Contemporary Academic Perspectives on the Black Mafia and African-American Organized Crime.- Conclusions.
What People are Saying About This
The book is carefully researched, and the theoretical interpretation on black criminal organizations that exploit race and religion is fascinating. Philadelphia's 'Black Mafia' stands in a firm tradition (Humber S. Nelli, Alan A. Block) in the social history of organized crime.
Griffin's research is mind-boggling, in the best sense. He has rendered Philadelphia and the United States a valuable historical document.