Prologue. Notes. 1. Introduction: Organized Crime Penetrations of Legitimate Business. 2. The Infiltration of Organized Criminal Groups into U.S. Trade Unions. 3. Master Builders, Master Criminals: Corruption and Racketeering in the Construction Industry. 4. The Last Waterfront: The Fultin Fish Market and the ILA as Family Businesses. 5. The Pizza Connection: Selling Dough and Dope. 6. Dirty Dollars: The Carting and Waste Disposal Industries. 7. Other Crimes, Other Criminals: Racketeering in Chinatown and Brighton Beach. 8. Criminal Opportunities in Legitimate Business: Control Policy Issues. 9. Conclusions. Index.
From Damon Runyan's colorful tough guys in black shirts and white ties to recent media coverage of John Gotti, the `dapper don', public depictions of racketeers in the United States have drawn attention away from the true nature of organized crime and its extensive penetrations into mainstream business. The Upperworld and the Underworld: Case Studies of Racketeering and Business Infiltrations in the United States strips away the romantic patina and reveals the significant impact of racketeering on vital segments of American industry.
In this informative study Robert Kelly explores two fundamental questions: `Why is organized crime a serious problem in some businesses and industries, and not in others?' and `What are the consequences of racketeering activities for labor organizations and businesses tainted by a criminal presence?' He examines the blurred demarcation between the legitimate and illegitimate sectors of society and explains the reasons for this occurrence. In the process, Kelly provides a distinct vantage point for understanding organized crime, not just as an `outlaw fringe' preying on society, but as a disturbingly integral element of our social and economic structure. Moreover, he confirms a widely held thesis that organized crime is not merely parasitic but an institutional component of American society.
The Upperworld and the Underworld affords a fascinating view of the current state of organized crime in the United States and the rise of nontraditional criminal organizations in new immigrant communities. The volume is an essential resource for students and scholars concerned with issues of crime and its effects on the economy.
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