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Lush Life: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK

Dick Hobbs


This book opens ‘the box marked do not open, too difficult to deal with’, in the words of one Assistant Chief Constable, to explore the contested notion of British organized crime. The book traces the history and policing of British organized crime, and addresses how the interlocking processes of de-industrialization, globalization, and neo-liberalism have normalized activity that was previously the exclusive domain of professional criminals. With both historical and sociological analyses, informed by the author's long term connection to an ethnographic site called ‘Dogtown’ — a composite of s ... More

Keywords: British organized crime, de-industrialization, globalization, neo-liberalism, East London, Dogtown, criminal firm, Krays, Richardsons, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668281
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dick Hobbs, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Essex, and the University of Western Sydney, Australia