Beyond the Mafia: Organized Crime in the Americas

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Sue Mahan, Katherine O'Neil
SAGE, Jun 10, 1998 - Social Science - 257 pages
Moving past the scope of Mafia crime families in New York and Chicago, Beyond the Mafia offers, for the first time, a comparative perspective on non-traditional organized crime in the Americas. Providing in-depth coverage of 10 criminal groups, the focus of organized crime expands to Canada and Latin America, offering an extensive American view of organized crime from outside the traditional Mafia. Although the groups covered have contemporary significance, chapters include a historical overview as well as future considerations. Editor Sue Mahan has coordinated a coherent paradigm for the comparative study of organized crime: Part I introduces organized crime as an enterprise and explores patterns found in legitimate business along with those in criminal organizations. Part II discusses the role of violence in organized crime. Part III covers the concept of ethnicity and the relevance of culture to organized criminal groups. Part IV addresses the issue of opportunity and the ways in which opportunities for success are structured within organized crime. Finally, a concluding section explains the relationships between criminal justice policy and organized crime. This book is a valuable text of considerable interest for university and community college students in courses on organized crime, criminology, and crime in the Americas; scholars and researchers; and professionals in the criminal justice system who are developing policies in response to organized crime.
 

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Contents

ILLICIT ENTERPRISE
1
Moonshiners
32
ETHNICITY AND TRADITION
52
The Yakuza
84
VIOLENCE
107
The Vice Lords
129
OPPORTUNITY
144
Women and the Outlaws
151
Discussion The Russian Organizatsiya
170
CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY
186
Baby Mafia or Family
192
Pirates
215
EpiloGUE Beyond the Mafia
237
Additional Selected Readings
246
About the Editors
255
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Sue Mahan is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Central Florida - Daytona Beach Campus. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship in International Development and a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship to Peru. She is the author of several other books including: Unfit Mothers; Women, Crime and Criminal Justice (with Ralph Weisheit); Crack, Cocaine, Crime and Women; and Beyond the Mafia, as well as journal articles and book chapters about crime and justice. She is working on a book about restorative justice in Colombia, SA based on observations and interviews.

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