Skip to main content

The processes, logics and economies of violence in organised crime

Abstract

This paper provides an introduction to the articles that comprise this special issue on violence and organised crime. Bringing together research into money laundering, local elections, state interventions and interrelated processes, firearms and home robberies, enforcers and contract killings, this issue explores the relationship between violence and various facets of organised crime. Taken together, the articles offer empirical and theoretical insights into the processes, logics and economies of violence. In doing so, this issue both advances our current understanding of the role violence plays in organised crime and raises additional questions about the context within which violence is employed, thereby highlighting further avenues for future research.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  • Atuesta LH, Pérez-Dávila YS (2018) Fragmentation and cooperation: the evolution of organised crime in Mexico. Trends in Organised Crime 21(3):235–261

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Garzón Vergara JC (2012) The rebellion of criminal networks: organised crime in Latin America and the dynamics of change. Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

    Google Scholar 

  • Hobbs D (2013) Lush life: constructing organised crime in the UK. Oxford University Press, Oxford

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Hobbs D, Antonopoulos GA (2013) Endemic to the species’: ordering the ‘other’ via organised crime’. Global Crime 14(1):27–51

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Marsh B (2020) The logic of violence: an ethnography of Dublin’s illegal drug trade. Routledge, London

    Google Scholar 

  • Massari M (2019) Mafia violence: strategies, representations, performances. In: Massari M, Martone V (eds) Mafia violence: political, symbolic, and economic forms of violence in camorra clans. Routledge, London, pp 19–34

    Google Scholar 

  • Pearson G, Hobbs D (2001) Middle market drug distribution. Home Office research study 227. Home Office, London

    Google Scholar 

  • Rahman M (2019) Homicide and organised crime: ethnographic narratives of serious violence in the criminal underworld. Palgrave, London

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Sciarrone R (2019) Forms of capital and mafia violence. In: Massari M, Martone V (eds) Mafia violence: political, symbolic, and economic forms of violence in camorra clans. Routledge, London, pp 72–89

    Google Scholar 

  • Treadwell J, Ancrum C, Kelly C (2020) Taxing times: inter-criminal victimization and drug robbery amongst the English professional criminal milieu. Deviant Behav 41(1):57–69

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Wieviorka M (2009) Violence: a new approach. Sage, London

    Google Scholar 

  • Zaitch D, Antonopoulos GA (2019) Organised crime in Latin America. Special issue of Trends in Organised Crime, 22 (2):141–254

  • Žižek S (2009) Violence: six sideways reflections. Profile Books Ltd., London

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the contributors for their articles, and the reviewers for their valuable comments and constructive criticism on earlier drafts. We are also indebted to Karen Corpuz and Arlie Cataylo from Springer for their assistance with technical issues.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Justin Kotzé.

Ethics declarations

Conflict of interest

Justin Kotzé, Georgios A. Antonopoulos and Mohammed Rahman declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and animal participants

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Additional information

Publisher’s note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Kotzé, J., Antonopoulos, G.A. & Rahman, M. The processes, logics and economies of violence in organised crime. Trends Organ Crim 25, 1–7 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12117-022-09445-2

Download citation

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12117-022-09445-2

Keywords

  • Contract killing
  • Enforcement
  • Robbery
  • Organised crime
  • Violence