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Title:
Guns and garlic; myths and realities of organized crime
Author:
Homer, Frederic D.
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Publication Information:
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Studies, 1974.
Physical Description:
xiii, 226 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"The author acknowledges the contribution of David A. Caputo."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780911198379

9780911198386
Format :
Book

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With the appearance of Homer's study, it is no longer possible to base any serious work about organized crime on the superficial debate over whether or not this set of activities is dominated by one or more particular ethnic groups, writes political scientist Michael A. Weinstein in his introduction. Homer removes the study of organized crime from the realm of sensationalism and ethnic chauvinism, and places it in the context of contemporary American social structure. He reviews prevalent myths and hypotheses about organized crime and critically analyzes them in the framework of contemporary organization theory. In this context, organized crime is analyzed in its economic, political, ethnic, and social class dimensions.


Summary

With the appearance of Homer's study, it is no longer possible to base any serious work about organized crime on the superficial debate over whether or not this set of activities is dominated by one or more particular ethnic groups, writes political scientist Michael A. Weinstein in his introduction. Homer removes the study of organized crime from the realm of sensationalism and ethnic chauvinism, and places it in the context of contemporary American social structure. He reviews prevalent myths and hypotheses about organized crime and critically analyzes them in the framework of contemporary organization theory. In this context, organized crime is analyzed in its economic, political, ethnic, and social class dimensions.


Author Notes

Frederick D. Homer is director of the Administration of Justice Program at the University of Wyoming.


Frederick D. Homer is director of the Administration of Justice Program at the University of Wyoming.


Table of Contents

Michael A. WeinsteinMichael A. Weinstein
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 The History of Organized Crimep. 30
Chapter 3 Social and Psychological Characteristics of Organized Criminalsp. 46
Chapter 4 Organized Crime as an Economic and Political Systemp. 94
Chapter 5 Activities and Societyp. 139
Chapter 6 Policy Perspectivesp. 169
Notesp. 196
Indexp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 The History of Organized Crimep. 30
Chapter 3 Social and Psychological Characteristics of Organized Criminalsp. 46
Chapter 4 Organized Crime as an Economic and Political Systemp. 94
Chapter 5 Activities and Societyp. 139
Chapter 6 Policy Perspectivesp. 169
Notesp. 196
Indexp. 219

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