Organized Crime - Routledge

Organized Crime - Routledge

4-Volume Set

Organized Crime


Edited and with a new introduction by Federico Varese, University of Oxford, UK

The systematic study of organized crime dates back to John Landesco’s classic of ethnography, Organized

Crime in Chicago (1929). Since then, the field has grown considerably and, as well as criminologists and

sociologists, the topic has been embraced by researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including

political science, anthropology, and economics, as well as literary and film studies.

While at first attention was principally devoted to the study of ‘traditional’ organized-crime groups, such

as the Sicilian and the American mafias, since the 1980s serious scholarly work has also emerged on, for

example, the Russian mafia, the Japanese Yakuza, and the Triads in Hong Kong, China, and the USA.

Furthermore, researchers have recognized that the behaviour and structure of ‘traditional’ organizedcrime

groups, and their role in both legal and illegal markets, can be fruitfully compared and contrasted

to new forms of organized crime in places as varied as Africa, Colombia, Northern Ireland, and Asia.

The study of organized crime has also attracted researchers interested in popular representations of the

phenomenon, mainly in films and novels. Furthermore, after the events of 11 September 2001, the

intersection between organized crime and terrorism, and the ability of organized-crime groups to

operate transnationally and expand to new territories, has gained a new significance.

As research on organized crime continues to flourish, this new title in the Routledge’s Critical Concepts

in Criminology series addresses the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of a rapidly

growing and ever more complex corpus of interdisciplinary scholarly literature. Organized Crime is a

four-volume collection of the foundational and the very best cutting-edge scholarship. It is also fully

indexed and includes a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the

collected material in its historical and intellectual context. An indispensable reference collection, it is

destined to be valued by scholars and students of the subject as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic



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Routledge Major Works



Definitions and Theories


Origins, Resources, Organization

1. Miguel de Cervantes, ‘Rinconete and Cortadillo’, Exemplary Stories

(Oxford World Classics, 1998), pp. 71–102.

2. Michael D. Maltz, ‘On Defining “Organized Crime”: The Development

of a Definition and a Typology’, Crime and Delinquency, 1976, 22,


3. Frank E. Hagan, ‘The Organized Crime Continuum: A Further

Specification of a New Conceptual Model’, Criminal Justice Review,

1983, 8, 52–7.

4. Federico Varese, The Russian Mafia (Oxford University Press, 2001),

pp. 3–6.

5. Letizia Paoli, ‘The Paradoxes of Organized Crime’, Crime, Law and

Social Change, 2002, 37, 1, 51–97.

6. Daniel Bell, ‘Crime as an American Way of Life’, Antioch Review, 1953,

13, 131–54.

7. Peter A. Lupsha, ‘Individual Choice Material Culture and Organized

Crime’, Criminology, 1981, 19, 3–24.

8. Dwight C. Smith, ‘Paragons, Pariahs, and Pirates: A Spectrum-Based

Theory of Enterprise’, Crime & Delinquency, 1980, 26, 3, 358–86.

9. Mark H. Haller, ‘Illegal Enterprise: A Theoretical and Historical

Interpretation’, Criminology, 1990, 28, 207–35.

10. Richard Hobbs, ‘The Firm: Organised Crime on A Shifting Terrain’,

British Journal of Criminology, 2001, 41, 549–60.

11. Thomas C. Schelling, ‘Economics and Criminal Enterprise’, The Public

Interest, 1967, 7, 61–78.

12. Thomas C. Schelling, ‘What is the Business of Organized Crime?’,

Journal of Public Law, 1971, 20, 71–84.

13. J. M. Buchanan, ‘A Defense of Organized Crime?’, in S. Rottenberg

(ed.), The Economics of Crime and Punishment (American Enterprise

Institute, 1973), pp. 119–32.

14. P. H. Rubin, ‘The Economic Theory of the Criminal Firm’, in S.

Rottenberg (ed.), The Economics of Crime and Punishment (American

Enterprise Institute, 1973), pp. 155–66.

15. Frederic C. Lane, ‘Economic Consequences of Organized Violence’,

Journal of Economic History, 1958, 18, 401–17.

16. Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia (Blackwell, 1974), pp. 3–25.

17. C. Tilly, ‘War Making and State Making as Organized Crime’, in P. B.

Evans, D. Rueschemeer, and T. Skocpol (eds.), Bringing the State Back

In (Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 169–90.

18. Diego Gambetta, ‘Fragments of an Economic Theory of the Mafia’,

Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 1988, 29, 127–45.

19. Stergios Skaperdas, ‘The Political Economy of Organized Crime:

Providing Protection When the State Does Not’, Economics of

Governance, 2001, 2, 3, 173–202.

20. Donald R. Cressey, ‘Methodological Problems in the Study of

Organized Crime as a Social Problem’, Annals of the American Academy

of Political and Social Science, 1967, 374, 101–12.

21. M. K. Sparrow, ‘The Application of Network Analysis to Criminal

Intelligence: An Assessment of the Prospects’, Social Networks, 1991,

13, 251–74.

22. Oriana Bandiera, ‘Private States and the Enforcement of Property

Rights: Theory and Evidence on the Origins of the Sicilian Mafia’,

Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 2003, 19, 1, 218–44.

23. Federico Varese, ‘Is Sicily the Future of Russia? Private Protection and

the Rise of the Russian Mafia’, Archives Européennes de Sociologie, 1994,

35, 224–58.

24. David H. Stark, The Yakuza Japanese Crime Incorporated (Ph.D. thesis,

University of Michigan, 1981), pp. 26–44.

25. Curtis J. Milhaupt and Mark D. West, ‘The Dark Side of Private

Ordering: An Institutional and Empirical Analysis of Organized

Crime’, University of Chicago Law Review, 2000, 67, 1, 41–98.

26. Robert A. Rockaway, ‘The Notorious Purple Gang: Detroit’s All Jewish

Prohibition Era Mob’, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish

Studies, 2001, 20, 1, 113–30.

27. Mark H. Haller, ‘Organized Crime in Urban Society: Chicago in the

20th Century’, Journal of Social History, 1971, 5, 210–34.

28. Yiu K. Chu, The Triads as Business (Routledge, 2000), pp. 11–21, 31–5.

29. Giovanni Falcone, Men of Honour (Fourth Estate, 1992), ch. 1.

30. Federico Varese, The Russian Mafia (Oxford University Press, 2001),

pp. 184–6.

31. Jorge L. Borges, ‘The Man on the Pink Corner’, Collected Fictions (The

Penguin Press, 1999).

32. Nicholas Pileggi, Wise Guy: Life in a Mafia Family (Corgi Books, 1996),

pp. 59–62, 96–7.

33. Diego Gambetta, The Sicilian Mafia (Harvard University Press, 1993),

ch. 6.

34. V. Pizzini, ‘Gender Norms in the Sicilian Mafia, 1945–86’, in M. L.

Arnot and C. Usborne (eds.), Gender and Crime in Modern Europe (UCL

Press, 1999), pp. 257–76.

35. Annelise Graebner Anderson, The Business of Organised Crime: A Cosa

Nostra Family (Hoover Press, 1979), pp. 34–49.

36. Carlo Morselli, ‘Career Opportunities and Network-Based Privileges in

the Cosa Nostra’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 2003, 39, 393–418.

37. Yiu K. Chu, The Triads as Business (Routledge, 2000), pp. 22–31.

38. Federico Varese, The Russian Mafia (Oxford University Press, 2001),

pp. 123–44, 167–77.

39. David H. Stark, The Yakuza Japanese Crime Incorporated (Ph.D. thesis,

University of Michigan, 1981), pp. 62–131.

40. Peter Hill, The Japanese Mafia (Oxford University Press, 2003),

pp. 65–91.

Routledge Major Works

Intended Contents



Organized Crime and the Penetration

of Markets


Organized Crime and Popular Culture,

States and Terrorism

41. Diego Gambetta, The Sicilian Mafia (Harvard University Press),

pp. 195–225.

42. John Landesco, Organized Crime in Chicago (University of Chicago

Press, 1929), ch. 2.

43. Annelise Graebner Anderson, The Business of Organised Crime

(California: Hoover Press, 1979), pp. 50–74.

44. James B. Jacobs and Ellen Peters, ‘Labor Racketeering: The Mafia and

the Unions’, Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research, 2003, 30,


45. Barbara Alexander, ‘The Rational Racketeer: Pasta Protection in

Depression Era Chicago’, Journal of Law and Economics, 1997, 40,


46. P. Reuter, ‘Racketeers as Cartel Organizers’, in H. Alexander and G.

Caiden (eds.), Political and Economic Perspectives on Organized Crime

(D. C. Heath, 1984), pp. 49–65.

47. A. A. Block, ‘The Origins of Fuel Racketeering: The Americans and the

“Russians” in New York’, in P. Williams (ed.), Russian Organised Crime:

The New Threat? (Frank Cass, 1997), pp. 156–76.

48. Yiu K. Chu, The Triads as Business (Routledge, 2000), pp. 53–76,


49. Timothy Frye, ‘Private Protection in Russia and Poland’, AJPS, June

2002, 572–84.

50. L. S. Hing, ‘Casino Politics, Organized Crime and the Post-Colonial

State in Macau’, Journal of Contemporary China, 2005, 14, 43, 207–24.

51. Ivan Light, ‘The Ethnic Vice Industry, 1880–1944’, American Sociological

Review, 1977, 42, 464–79.

52. Steven D. Levitt and Sudhir Venkatesh, ‘An Economic Analysis of a

Drug-Selling Gang’s Finances’, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000,

115, 3, 755–89.

53. D. Steffensmeier and J. T. Ulmer, ‘Number Gambling: Black and White

Control of Numbers Gambling: A Cultural Asset–Social Capital View’,

American Sociological Review, 2006, 71, 1, 123–56.

54. Salvatore Coluccello and Simon Massey, ‘Out of Africa: The Human

Trade Between Libya and Lampedusa’, Trends in Organized Crime, 2007,

10, 77–90.

55. David E. Ruth, Inventing the Public Enemy: The Gangster in American

Culture, 1918–1934 (University of Chicago Press, 1996), pp. 118–43.

56. Federico Varese, ‘The Secret History of Japanese Cinema: The Yakuza

Movies’, Global Crime, 2006, 7, 1, 107–26.

57. Olga Matich, ‘Mobster Gravestones in 1990s Russia’, Global Crime,

2006, 7, 1, 79–104.

58. Salvatore Lupo, ‘The Allies and the Mafia’, Journal of Modern Italian

Studies, 1997, 2, 1, 21–33.

59. John Landesco, Organized Crime in Chicago (University of Chicago

Press, 1929), pp. 169–89.

60. A. A. Block, ‘A Modern Marriage of Convenience: A Collaboration

Between Organized Crime and US Intelligence’, in R. J. Kelly (ed.),

Organized Crime: A Global Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 1986), pp.


61. K.-L. Chin and R. Godson, ‘Organized Crime and the Political-

Criminal Nexus in China’, Trends in Organized Crime, 2006, 9, 3, 5–44.

62. Carlo Morselli and Katia Petit, ‘Law-Enforcement Disruption of a Drug

Importation Network’, Global Crime, 2007, 8, 109–30.

63. James Jacobs and Alex Hortis, ‘NYC as an Organized Crime Fighter:

The Work of the Trade Waste Commission’, New York Law School Law

Review, 1998, 42, 1069–92.

64. Carlo Morselli, ‘Scrutinizing RICO’, Critical Criminology, 2004, 12,


65. Peter Hill, ‘Heisei Yakuza’, Social Science Japan Journal, 2003, 6, 1–18.

66. Jane Schneider and Peter Schneider, ‘The Mafia and Al Qaeda: Violent

and Secretive Organizations in Comparative and Historical

Perspective’, American Anthropologist, 2002, 104, 3, 776–82.

67. Tamara Makarenko, ‘The Crime Terror Continuum: Tracing the

Interplay Between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism’,

Global Crime, 2004, 6, 1, 129–45.

68. Federico Varese, ‘How Mafias Migrate: The Case of the `Ndrangheta in

Northern Italy’, Law and Society Review, 2006, 40, 2, 411–44.

69. K. Chu, ‘Hong Kong Triads after 1997’, Trends in Organized Crime,

2005, 8, 3, 5–12.

70. Anton Weenink and Franca van der Laan, ‘The Search for the Russian

Mafia: Central and Eastern European Criminals in the Netherlands,

1989–2005’, Trends in Organized Crime, 2007, 10, 4, 57–76.

71. Peter Reuter, ‘The Decline of the American Mafia’, The Public Interest,

1995, 120, 89–99.

72. S. Zhang and K.-L. Chin, ‘The Declining Significance of Triad Societies

in Transnational Illegal Activities: A Structural Deficiency Perspective’,

British Journal of Criminology, 2003, 43, 469–88.


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