Defining and Defying Organised Crime: Discourse, Perceptions by Felia Allum, Francesca Longo

By Felia Allum, Francesca Longo

Organized crime is now an important danger to all commercial and non-industrial nations. utilizing an inter-disciplinary and comparative strategy this ebook examines the character of this probability. through analysing the present, legit institutional discourse on equipped crime it examines even if it has an impression on perceptions of the hazard and at the truth of geared up crime.

The booklet first a part of the publication explores either the paradigm and the reason of coverage output within the struggle opposed to equipped crime, and likewise exposes the customarily ‘hidden’ inner assumptions embedded in coverage making. the second one half examines the perceptions of geared up crime as expressed by means of numerous actors, for instance, most of the people within the Balkans and in Japan, the felony justice procedure in united states and circles in the overseas medical neighborhood. ultimately, the 3rd half offers an total research into the realities of geared up crime with chapters that survey its empirical manifestations in a variety of components of the realm.

This booklet may be of curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, criminology, safeguard reports and practitioners.

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At this point, the focus shifts from the definition and analysis of organized crime as a national or local phenomenon to the definition and analysis of TOC or the supposed transnational dimension of organized crime. The two-level approach proposes a framework for the definition of organized crime and its transnational dimension passing through two methodological stages. The first stage focuses on the identification of the semantic meaning of the term ‘organized crime’ by looking at the analytical variables which distinguish this phenomenon from other forms of criminality.

Our academic task is therefore to search for a theoretical definition of organized crime which helps towards the production of useful knowledge aimed at increasing the effectiveness of counter-organized crime policies. A common definition is considered a preliminary step in order to look more systematically at the subject of TOC and to organize a policy agenda in a more coherent way. As Feltes argues ‘if we do not share a common understanding of organized crime, we are not able to analyse it properly because we are not able to find the necessary theoretical framework’ (2008: 152).

We seek to show how discourses are not only not neutral but loaded and shaped, and also influence greatly social perceptions. Francesca Longo in her chapter on definitions asks a lot of questions about the state of research on organized crime. She challenges traditional approaches and institutional discourse and believes that the way forward is to develop a partnership between academics and practitioners so that we can define and defy organized crime better together. This gap and difference of approach/ opinion has existed too long between academics working on organized crime and practitioners.

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