SOCI 048K. Political Sociology: The Mafia and the State

This course will introduce students to the comparative study of criminal organizations across the globe. In it, we will explore the social, political and economic conditions in which organized crime develops. Analyses will be focused on the organization of criminal networks, rules and codes, activities both in legitimate business and illegal markets, and their relationship to politics. This comparative approach will enable students to identify those factors facilitating the emergence, migration and persistence of organized crime across nation states and global polities - emphasizing the mechanisms, processes and institutions that structure and are structured by criminal organizations. We will survey the major theoretical approaches and empirical investigations of Mafias and like organizations in Italy, Russia, China, Japan, Central Asia, Central and South America, the United States, and locally in Philadelphia.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for GLBL-core
Spring 2024. Johnson.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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