The Upperworld and the Underworld

Case Studies of Racketeering and Business Infiltrations in the United States

  • Robert J. Kelly

Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)

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Introduction

From Damon Runyan's colorful tough guys in black shirts and white ties to recent media coverage of John Gotti, the `dapper don', public depictions of racketeers in the United States have drawn attention away from the true nature of organized crime and its extensive penetrations into mainstream business. The Upperworld and the Underworld: Case Studies of Racketeering and Business Infiltrations in the United States strips away the romantic patina and reveals the significant impact of racketeering on vital segments of American industry.
In this informative study Robert Kelly explores two fundamental questions: `Why is organized crime a serious problem in some businesses and industries, and not in others?' and `What are the consequences of racketeering activities for labor organizations and businesses tainted by a criminal presence?' He examines the blurred demarcation between the legitimate and illegitimate sectors of society and explains the reasons for this occurrence. In the process, Kelly provides a distinct vantage point for understanding organized crime, not just as an `outlaw fringe' preying on society, but as a disturbingly integral element of our social and economic structure. Moreover, he confirms a widely held thesis that organized crime is not merely parasitic but an institutional component of American society.
The Upperworld and the Underworld affords a fascinating view of the current state of organized crime in the United States and the rise of nontraditional criminal organizations in new immigrant communities. The volume is an essential resource for students and scholars concerned with issues of crime and its effects on the economy.

Keywords

Crime Institution business nature organization trade unions

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Kelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn College and the Graduate SchoolCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-4883-6
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7215-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4883-6
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