An Empirical, Theoretical and Historical Overview of Organized Crime

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Part I provides a unique analysis of the public's perception of organized crime, discusses common myths, describes the most important attributes, addresses issues related to definition, and provides an in-depth look at contemporary global criminal enterprises. Part II is a unique history of organized crime in the Untied States from colonial America to the present day. It includes descriptions of the principal enterprises American organized crooks operate, and stresses the evolving nature of the phenomenon and the integral part played by political and economic elites. Part III focuses on theoretical issues. Provides a description of the sociological foundation and the development of organized crime theories and major organized crime paradigms.


"I am very impressed with the scope and coverage of Don Liddick's work. It could be used as either a primary or complementary text in organized crime seminars at the graduate or undergraduate levels. Well-written and interesting. . . a masterful job of weaving so many sources, both classic and contemporary, into an incisive and enthralling story line. An excellent, must read, contribution to the literature on organized crime and to the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology and public policy." – Frank Hagan

". . . a very important scholarly contribution to the study of organized crime. It is meticulously constructed and reasoned, well-written and complete. An enormous amount of information and analysis is contained in this book. But it is not simply a presentation of facts and events, but a carefully interwoven explication of organized crime'' economic, political and temporal development. In addition, each section , each example, and idea carefully builds on previous information and conceptualizations guiding the reader inexorably to the carefully constructed theoretical model presented in the last chapter. From all perspectives, this is a good book. It is well researched, it is well written, it is careful scholarship, and it is consistently interesting and compelling. . . first-rate work that sets a new standard for those of us writing in the area of organized crime." – Gary W. Potter

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword, Preface

1.Organized Crime: Perception and Reality

2.Defining and Classifying organized Crime

3.The Impact of Organized Crime

4.Organized Crime in America: 1680-1945

5.Organized Crime in America: 1945-1998

6.Organized Crime theories

7.Organized Crime and Patron-Client Relations

Bibliography and Index

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