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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
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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. This
book will pose a dilemma for American citizens, Weinstein concludes: "Will we
choose to ease our consciences by pretending that organized crime is an anomaly
in American society to be eliminated by punitive action against particular
groups, or will we recognize that criminal matrices functionally interlock with
many other aspects of everyday life? Only the latter recognition will permit us
to make a free decision about how we will act with respect to organized crime."

Listed among the outstanding books of 1974 by both American
Scholar and Society , Guns and Garlic is a recommended selection of the National
Criminal Justice Reference Center, a division of the Law Enforcement Assistance
Association of the United States Department of Justice.


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