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Dick Hobbs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668281.001.0001

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A Malady of Modernity: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK

A Malady of Modernity: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK

(p.13) 2 A Malady of Modernity: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK
Lush Life

Dick Hobbs

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the construction of organized crime in the UK, and the institutions and practices that constitute its governance. It argues that UK law enforcement agencies and their political masters currently perceive organized crime as a major threat — a view stemming from the perceived expansion of illegal economic activity and its cosmopolitan associations due to globalization. The emergence of organized crime as a social problem in the UK is attributed to the pressures brought by powerful forces of global governance to coordinate categories of transgression. Leading this drive are institutions reconfigured by notions of threat formulated in American cities and police precincts as well as in policy arenas dominated by American interests, accompanied by a complementary discourse from the evolving European community for which organized crime had become inextricably linked to the multitude of threats emanating from the East.

Keywords:   British organized crime, crime control, law enforcement agencies, globalization, illegal economic activity, social problem

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