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Organized Crime (4th Edition)

Lyman, Michael D.; Potter, Gary W.

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9780131730366: Organized Crime (4th Edition)

Dispelling current myths regarding organized crime, Lyman and Potter’s fourth edition reveals a truer picture of organized crime and criminal activity today.  Providing scholarly treatment and a social perspective, the authors explore the concept of organized crime, the historical foundation for its evolution and development, and the current status of criminal groups in today’s society. Offering timely and respected research, this edition includes a thorough examination of drug trafficking, new sections on emerging organized crime groups, updated case studies, more coverage international groups, updated statistics, graphics and more!   Presents a broad view of organized crime that incorporates more than just ethnically- driven, pop-culture stereotypes. Incorporates two parallel themes—organized crime consists of many different groups and corrupt individuals in public office, business etc., contribute to the continuation of the problem. Uses thematic questions (What is organized crime? Is there really a Mafia? Is terrorism organized crime? Do political machines still exist?) to promote higher-order thinking skills and a critical examination of the topic. Synthesizes volumes of historical data and archives to present the most salient aspects of the organized crime problem. References information and reports generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and well-known researchers in the field.  Law enforcement professionals and those interested in a scholarly treatment and a social perspective of organized crime.

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This text provides a comprehensive overview of organized crime -- its definition, theories that explain it, its businesses, history, participants (both domestic and foreign groups), political and corporate alliances, and methods for controlling it.

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Organized Crime, Third Edition enlivens today's discussion of hot criminal topics: who the organized crime players are, what they do, and how to bring them to justice. The third edition features discussions of the following:

New topics:

  • Arms trafficking
  • Contraband smuggling
  • Counterfeiting
  • Environmental crime
  • Trafficking in gems and gold
  • High-tech crime
  • Intellectual property rights violations
  • Trafficking in women and children

Updates on:

  • Trafficking in nuclear material
  • 21st century terrorism and the impact of 9-11
  • Albanian drug smuggling networks
  • Expansion of Chinese and Japanese organized crime
  • Mexican, Nigerian, Dominican drug syndicates
  • Recent changes in Southeast/Southwest Asia
  • Drug trafficking trends
  • Piracy

Organized Crime, Third Edition, gives students what they need to know about organized crime and the criminal justice system's fight to stop it. Exciting current topics, along with fully-updated research and references, will keep students abreast of the most important issues and trends in organized crime today!

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