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Published: 10 January 2013

328 Pages


ISBN: 9780199668281

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Winner of 2014 International Association for the Study of Organized Crime Award

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Constructing Organized Crime in the UK

Dick Hobbs

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • The first ethnography of British organized crime to trace its history, as well as the sociology of its policing
  • Based on the author's involvement with an ethnographic site called 'Dogtown', a composite of several overlapping neighbourhoods in East London
  • Informed by rich ethnographic research and interviews with a range of characters within British organized crime, including robbers, dealers and criminal entrepreneurs
  • Considers the precursors to British organized crime and examines the careers of famous crime families such as the Krays and the Richardsons

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