Session 272: RC33 -> Roundtable: ROUNDTABLE: Ethnicity as an Essential Factor in Understanding and Explaining the Nature and Composition of Organized Crime Groups in the United States (Sponsored by the Division of International Criminology)
Time: 2:40PM to 4:10 PM on Thursday, November 20
Place: Grand Ballroom
Session Chair: Joseph L. Albini, University of Nevada
In the study of organized crime, particularly that of syndicated types of organized crime, ethnicity has been posed as a significant factor as evidenced by the attention given to the preponderance of Italian involvement in Cosa Nostra and Mafia. recently, researchers have been questioning the role and significance of both ethnicity and race and are reevaluating what functions they actually serve. The panel will consist of four criminologists who have conducted research concerning the nature of criminal involvement among specific ethnic and racial groups and have come to question the role that ethnicity and race play in the organization and functioning of organized criminal groups in America. In this panel, they will present their views and discuss this issue.
Ethnicity as an Essential Factor in Understanding and Explaining the Nature and Composition of Organized Crime Groups in the United States
by: Jeffrey Scott McIllwain, San Diego State University (Corresponding)
Sean Patrick Griffin, Penn State University - Abington College
Michael Woodiwiss, The University of West of England
Ko-lin Chin, Rutgers University

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