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    The secret power of criminal organizations: A social psychological approach

    Travaglino, G.A. and Drury, Lisbeth (2020) The secret power of criminal organizations: A social psychological approach. SpringerBriefs in Psychology. Springer. ISBN 9783030441609. (In Press)

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    This book presents a social psychological approach to understanding the reaction of communities to organized crime and illegal groups. Based on a new theoretical framework and the latest empirical evidence, this book explores questions of how criminal organizations are able to gain power and exert governance over entire territories. This book draws on the prototypical example of Italian organized crime and analyzes the thesis that the power of criminal groups is grounded in dynamics of legitimization rather than fear or coercion. The compliance of a community is seen here as stemming from the endorsement of specific cultural values and norms. These cultural values are actively appropriated, mobilized and transmitted by criminal groups, a dynamic the authors have labelled Intracultural Appropriation Theory. The book emphasizes what can be learned from using this emerging theory in similar settings such as those of terrorist groups and violent gangs, and points the way to solutions for this social problem.


    Item Type: Book
    Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2192-8363
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): criminal organizations, intracultural appropriation theory, legitimacy and legitimization, masculine honor
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Lisbeth Drury
    Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 16:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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