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Types of organized crime in Italy. The multifaceted spectrum of Italian criminal associations and their different attitudes in the financial crisis an in the use of internet technologies

Types of organized crime in Italy. The multifaceted spectrum of Italian criminal associations and their different attitudes in the financial crisis an in the use of internet technologies
Types of organized crime in Italy. The multifaceted spectrum of Italian criminal associations and their different attitudes in the financial crisis an in the use of internet technologies
This paper discusses the opportunity to differentiate four different criminological types of organised crime in Italy by drawing on a subset of case studies and interviews to law enforcement officers and experts collected for two on-going research projects. We hypothesise that, since these types exploit different social opportunity structures for their criminal activities, they have different capacities of adaptation and react differently when confronted with different kinds of innovations and changes. We test these four types against two significant phenomena that have been deeply impacting Italian society, among others, recently: the commercialization of the Internet and the economic and financial crisis that has hit Europe since late 2008. We conclude that these types offer a valid help to guide our understanding of what organised crime is today in Italy, as well as to assess the capacity of the existing legal framework to properly face all them. These criminological types could also serve as lenses to filter the different experiences of organised crime in other European countries, thus facilitating comparative research.
organised crime, mafia, internet, financial crisis, social opportunity structure, criminal network, mafia migration, crimingal association
1756-0616
16-32
Lavorgna, Anita
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Sergi, Anna
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Lavorgna, Anita
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Sergi, Anna
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Lavorgna, Anita and Sergi, Anna (2014) Types of organized crime in Italy. The multifaceted spectrum of Italian criminal associations and their different attitudes in the financial crisis an in the use of internet technologies. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 42 (1), 16-32. (doi:10.1016/j.ijlcj.2013.11.002).

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This paper discusses the opportunity to differentiate four different criminological types of organised crime in Italy by drawing on a subset of case studies and interviews to law enforcement officers and experts collected for two on-going research projects. We hypothesise that, since these types exploit different social opportunity structures for their criminal activities, they have different capacities of adaptation and react differently when confronted with different kinds of innovations and changes. We test these four types against two significant phenomena that have been deeply impacting Italian society, among others, recently: the commercialization of the Internet and the economic and financial crisis that has hit Europe since late 2008. We conclude that these types offer a valid help to guide our understanding of what organised crime is today in Italy, as well as to assess the capacity of the existing legal framework to properly face all them. These criminological types could also serve as lenses to filter the different experiences of organised crime in other European countries, thus facilitating comparative research.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 December 2013
Published date: March 2014
Keywords: organised crime, mafia, internet, financial crisis, social opportunity structure, criminal network, mafia migration, crimingal association
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 386256
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386256
ISSN: 1756-0616
PURE UUID: f38c9534-701d-47e6-9c12-bdaa230633b3
ORCID for Anita Lavorgna: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8484-1613

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Date deposited: 29 Jan 2016 11:36
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:32

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