Traditional Organized Crime in the Modern World

Responses to Socioeconomic Change

  • Dina Siegel
  • Henk van de Bunt

Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Organized Crime in Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ernesto U. Savona
      Pages 3-25
    3. Dina Siegel
      Pages 27-47
  3. Organized Crime in the Asia

  4. Organized Crime in the United States

  5. Organized Crime in Latin America

  6. Organized Crime in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Obi N. I. Ebbe
      Pages 169-188
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 189-196

About this book


Despite strenuous efforts from local, national, and international law enforcement, organized crime continues to thrive and prosper—even centuries-old crime outfits are surviving the global forces of mass migration and multinational business and finance. From traditional gangland enterprises such as narcotics, gambling, and prostitution, the world’s mafias have moved into new sources of illegal income, including high-tech arms smuggling, money laundering, and identity fraud. Traditional Crime in the Modern World tracks these organizations—the Italian and Mexican mafias, Columbian drug cartels, Chinese triads, and others—across five continents as they adapt to change, and assesses their prospects in the short and long term. World events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 9/11 terror attacks are discussed in the context of contributing to emerging markets for illicit goods and services, and to evolving partnerships among criminal entities. This timely volume: • Provides a comprehensive overview of how mafia-like structures function today. • Analyzes in depth national crime situations with global implications. • Examines the migration of organized crime groups and their operations in their new countries. • Gauges the influence of digital and other technologies on organized crime. • Where applicable, notes the links between organized crime and national political institutions. • Describes the impact of the global financial crisis on crime organizations. Concise, compelling, and deeply documented, Traditional Crime in the Modern World is an eye-opening resource for researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, particularly with an interest in organized crime and trafficking, as well as related topics of Demography, Political Science, and International Relations.


Developmental Economics Global Financial Crisis Mafia Organized Crime Technology and Crime

Editors and affiliations

  • Dina Siegel
    • 1
  • Henk van de Bunt
    • 2
  1. 1.Willem Pompe InstituteUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtNetherlands
  2. 2.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamNetherlands

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