Organized Crime in America: Why it is Widely Misunderstood

Charles B.A. Ubah, Georgia College and State University

This paper investigates why the emergence of organized crime in America is widely misunderstood. The author aims to provide a rigorous renewed analysis of the social problem than has previously been achieved. Central to this analysis are two contradictory perspectives on the emergence of organized crime in America. These perspectives are: a) an importation model, and b) a deprivation model. Unlike most studies on the subject, this analysis raises important, but previously undiscussed questions, makes greater efforts to address th questions, and provides serious lessons learned in the process. These lessons are too important, and too costly, to ignore in the study of organized crime in the United States.

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