Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]
Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]

Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]

Georgios A. Antonopoulos; Georgios Papanicolaou


  • Uncovers the reality of organized crime in the world today, while deconstructing media myths about the phenomenon
  • Uses examples from around the globe to discuss the different forms organized crime can take
  • Discusses key aspects of organized crime, such as human trafficking, extortion, and arms trafficking
  • Explores the different established cultural traditions of organized crime, such as the Mafia, Triads, and the Yakuza
  • Analyses the parallels that can be drawn between criminal organizations and legitimate business structures
  • Explores ways of controlling and preventing organized crime

For many people around the world, instances of what is described as organized crime may be part of their everyday experience; in their neighbourhoods, their streets, and the places they work and live. Policymakers, law enforcement, and the media rarely fail to bring up the issue when discussing the nature and seriousness of contemporary criminal threats, and the appropriate responses towards them. Many more people are familiar with the notion of organized crime, as the film and TV industry regularly draw on fictional and real figures and situations. Organized crime feels like a tangible, inescapable issue in today's world.

In this Very Short introduction, Georgios A. Antonopoulos and Georgios Papanicolaou uncover the reality of organized crime in our world today. Shining a light on the people involved in organized crime, Antonopoulos and Papanicolaou question whether the term 'organized' is used to evoke the image, the operations, and power of a legitimate organization, such as a corporation. Discussing whether there are particular crimes that the label 'organized crime' applies to, or if any crime can be organized, they also consider what happens when organized crime extends beyond borders. Using examples from across the globe, they analyse the different cultural traditions of organized crime, such as the Mafia, Yakuza, and Triads, and also the nature of organized crime, from arms trafficking and drug dealing to extortion. Finally they explore the methods and agencies in place to control and prevent organized crime.


1: Introduction: What is organised crime?
2: Organised crime around the globe
3: The business of organised crime
4: Controlling and preventing organised crime
5: Conclusion: Business as usual
Further Reading


Georgios A Antonopoulos, Professor of Criminology, Teesside University, and Georgios Papanicolaou, Reader in Criminology, Teesside University
Georgios A. Antonopoulos is professor of criminology at Teesside University. He has been visiting scholar at a number of universities in the UK, Greece, Croatia and the Netherlands. He is an associate of the Cross-Border Crime Colloquium, editor-in-chief of the journal Trends in Organised Crime, and member of the editorial boards of the journals Global Crime, Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Money Laundering Control, and the British Journal of Criminology. From 2010 to 2014 he was Chair of the North-east branch of the British Society of Criminology, and in 2014 he served as executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime (IASOC).

Georgios Papanicolaou is Reader in Criminology at Teesside University UK. He has studied Law and Penal Sciences at the University of Athens, and Criminology at the University of Edinburgh. His research and published work investigate the political economy of policing and the policing of illicit markets, particularly in a transnational context. Georgios is a member of the editorial board of the journal Trends in Organised Crime.


ISBN : 9780198795544

Georgios A. Antonopoulos; Georgios Papanicolaou
176 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]

Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]

Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction [#553]