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Chinese organized crime and situational context: comparing human smuggling and synthetic drugs trafficking

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Soudijn, Melvin R. J.; Kleemans, Edward R.

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Abstract This article criticizes the 'ethnic' conception of organized crime and puts forward an alternative view that does not put ethnicity first, but rather social networks and situational context. It focuses upon Chinese organized crime, a phenomenon where the preoccupation with ethnicity is paramount, and compares findings from extensive research into two different transnational criminal activities that are carried out by Chinese offenders in the Netherlands. The first topic, human smuggling, is well researched, whereas research into the second topic, trafficking in precursors (the basic ingredients for the production of synthetic drugs), is largely lacking. The article highlights the major theoretical and empirical similarities and differences between these two criminal activities and discusses the relevance of the main findings for theory and research.
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law; Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 457-474
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 52 (2009) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-009-9203-3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)