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Critical Criminology

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 225–242 | Cite as

A Neo-Marxist Explanation of Organized Crime

  • Alfried Schulte-Bockholt
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Abstract

This essay examines the relationship between criminal organizations and socioeconomic elites. The argument is made that criminal organizations acquire ideological preferences as they evolve and integrate into elite structures. This article demonstrates the conditions under which elites turn to Fascist parties, reactionary militaries, or organized crime groups for assistance against counter-hegemonic groups. This analysis is based on Marxist, Frankfurt School, and Gramscian concepts, and is augmented by examples of alliances between elites and crime groups from Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

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Organize Crime Criminal Organization Organize Crime Group Frankfurt School Death Squad 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfried Schulte-Bockholt
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Mary's UniversityUSA

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