Understanding Criminal Networks: A Research Guide

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Univ of California Press, Sep 24, 2019 - Social Science - 272 pages
Understanding Criminal Networks is a short methodological primer for those interested in studying illicit, deviant, covert, or criminal networks using social network analysis (SNA). Accessibly written by Gisela Bichler, a leading expert in SNA for dark networks, the book is chock-full of graphics, checklists, software tips, step-by-step guidance, and straightforward advice. Covering all the essentials, each chapter highlights three themes: the theoretical basis of networked criminology, methodological issues and useful analytic tools, and producing professional analysis. Unlike any other book on the market, the book combines conceptual and empirical work with advice on designing networking studies, collecting data, and analysis. Relevant, practical, theoretical, and methodologically innovative, Understanding Criminal Networks promises to jumpstart readers’ understanding of how to cross over from conventional investigations of crime to the study of criminal networks.
 

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Contents

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1
Illustrations and Tables
2
demystifying social network analysis
14
social network theory 101
26
Four Essential Theoretical Perspectives
35
Suggested Readings
46
connected criminality
48
connected events
65
describing networks
155
illicit produce
175
Illustrations and Tables
191
advanced analytic options
194
Advanced Analytics
213
producing professional products
219
Drivers
231
References
237

who is who?
87
gathering data
105

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About the author (2019)

Gisela Bichler is Professor of Criminal Justice at California State University, San Bernardino. 

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