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A qualitative reading of the ecological (dis)organisation of criminal associations. The case of the ‘Famiglia Basilischi’ in Italy

Sergi, A (2016) 'A qualitative reading of the ecological (dis)organisation of criminal associations. The case of the ‘Famiglia Basilischi’ in Italy.' Trends in Organized Crime, 19 (2). 149 - 174. ISSN 1084-4791

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Abstract

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. This paper combines the theoretical foundations of organisational ecology - one of the most important approaches in economic sociology - with classic criminological theories to interpret the birth, evolution and death of criminal associations. This mixed approach will support the interpretation of organised crime groups as phenomena strictly linked to the environment as well as to other competitors in criminal markets. This paper analyses the birth, evolution and death of a criminal association in Basilicata, Southern Italy, known as the ‘Famiglia Basilischi’. The case is exemplary of how ecological conditions affect the success or failure of a newly formed criminal association. These conditions can therefore be indicators to interpret organised criminal activities in similar environments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Sergi
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 18:00
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 08:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16381

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