Session 310: TC30 -> Roundtable: The Changing Face of Organized Crime: Four Pioneer Researchers Examine Its Past, Present and Future
Time: 2:00PM to 3:30 PM on Thursday, November 14
Place: Grand Ballroom
Session Chair: Joseph L. Albini, Wayne State University
This panel will consist of four criminologists who were instrumental in conducting original research concerning the structure and nature of organized crime groups around the world. The panel chair who will also be the moderator for the discussion is Joseph L. Albini whose book, The American Mafia is considered a classic pioneering work on the topic of organized crime. Albini has since produced works concerning the structure and nature of organized crime in Great Britain and Russia. Menachem Amir is a specialist on Israeli organized crime having conducted original research on The criminal activities of the Georgian Jews in Israel as well as having made significant contributions to the literature on organized crime in the United States. Alan Block has brought the use of historical analysis as well as other methodologies to the study of organized crime both in America and the Bahamas. In America, in his book, East Side, West Side, he focused attention on the important role that Jewish organized criminals played in the development of organized crime, nationally and, particularly, in its development in New York City. . Henner Hess is a German scholar who, along with studying various major topics regarding organized crime, made an early contribution to the study of Mafia in Sicily in his book, Mafia and Mafioso which served to describe the historical and cultural roots of the development of the phenomenon of Mafia in Sicily. The discussion will draw upon the insights and experiences of these researchers as they evaluate the nature of organized crime groups in the past and compare the radical changes taking place which seem to indicate that organized crime is moving toward developing an international agenda of cooperation in enterprises on a world -wide scale.
The Changing Face of Organized Crime: Four Pioneer Researchers Examine Its Past, Present and Future
by: Joseph L. Albini, Wayne State University (Corresponding)
Menachem Amir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Alan A. Block, Pennsylvania State University
Henner Hess, University of Frankfurt

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