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Organized crime in three regions: Comparing the Veneto, Liverpool, and Chicago

Lavorgna, A and Lombardo, R and Sergi, A (2013) 'Organized crime in three regions: Comparing the Veneto, Liverpool, and Chicago.' Trends in Organized Crime, 16 (3). 265 - 285. ISSN 1084-4791

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Abstract

This paper studies organized crime in three regions, the Veneto in Northern Italy, Liverpool in England, and Chicago in the United States. Data were gathered from published reports, government documents, and field observation. Case studies were then compiled describing organized crime in each area. The findings suggest that various jurisdictions define organized crime differently. These different definitions correspond to the nature of organized crime in each locality. In spite of these differences, however, there is consensus about the use of the term mafia. Groups that are defined as mafias generally exercise some degree of political influence in their areas of operation. Additionally, criminal groups that began as adolescent gangs retain the gang classification even after they move into drug trafficking and other organized criminal activities. These findings suggest important distinctions between organized criminal groups and improve our understanding of the term organized crime. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Sergi
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 15:25
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:18
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16392

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