Crime and Markets
Essays in Anti-criminology
By (author) Vincenzo Ruggiero
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Crime and Markets by Vincenzo Ruggiero
Book DescriptionThis book examines a range of criminal activities conducted in different European contexts. Offences committed by individuals and groups endowed with different resources and status are examined. Each chapter contains an implicit rejection of generalizations and attention is paid to variations and differences. Rather than searching for a unified theory of crime, the author highlights the interpretive oscillations, which always occur when we are faced with criminal behaviour. In other words, each time we subscribe to one cause of crime we may realize that also the opposite cause possesses some reasonable validity. The originality of this book consists of the 'causality of contraries' running through the chapters, whereby a tentative aetiology identified in one context finds its complete overturning in anther. The author regards the 'causality of contraries' as a crucial aspect of the anti-criminological tradition to which he claims affiliation. These 'essays in anti-criminology' deal with crimes of both the powerless and the powerful, and seek to demonstrate that both the deficiency and the abundance of legitimate opportunities may lead to crime. In the first part of the book a conventional criminal activity par excellence is examined, namely activity related to the economy of illicit drugs. In this economy the author notes a shift from a Fordist to a Toyota model of criminal activity, a shift determined by the expansion of demand and the growing variety of supply of illicit drugs. The second part of the book addresses specific cases of elite criminality, including illicit trafficking in arms and human beings. The chapters devoted to the analysis of political and administrative corruption in Italy, France, and Britain provide yet other examples of how illegal practices may be imputed to one cause in one context and its opposite in another. Two Intermezzos complete the book, posing more general questions, respectively, around the very concept of illicit 'drugs' and the evasive character of illicit economic behaviour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198268383
(224mm x 144mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vincenzo Ruggiero
Corruption and Organized Crime in Europe, Paperback (January 2014)
Combining empirical data and theoretical discussions on the relationship between corruption and organised crime in all 27 EU member states, this book provides an analysis of the specific national contexts in which corruption and organised crime thrive.
Punishment in Europe, Hardback (August 2013)» View all books by Vincenzo Ruggiero
This collection, from a range of leading international scholars, looks at penal practice in a variety of different European countries. Noting particularities as well as similarities, such as the overuse of imprisonment and the use of harsher sanctions against the poor, this book questions how we justify and deliver punishment in Europe.
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Author Biography - Vincenzo Ruggiero
Vincenzo Ruggiero is Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Science, Middlesex University
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