ORGANIZED CRIME, 5/e gives students a clear understanding of organized crime from social, political and economic perspectives: what it is, how it has evolved, where it stands, where it is headed, and how societies can respond to it. The authors dispel long-standing myths surrounding organized crime, and consider the phenomenon in all its forms. This logically-organized, highly-readable book promotes learning with extensive pedagogical features, including chapter objectives, critical thinking projects, summaries, key terms, discussion points, and suggested readings. This edition’s extensive new coverage includes updated discussions of drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as organized crime groups from China, Nigeria, Albania, Central America, Japan, and the Tri-Border area.
Organized crime and the war against it have become ever more sophisticated and politicized. In the context of theories of the evolution of this alternative social institution and its behaviors, Lyman (Columbia College) and Potter (Eastern Kentucky U.) investigate not only the illicit trades endemic to organized crime, but also<-- >new to this edition<-->transnational and rural domestic US involvement, terrorism as organized crime, and such crime filtered through the media and popular culture. Each of the ten chapters in this introductory criminal justice text concludes with lessons learned, terms, discussion questions, and suggested reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)