The second edition of Stephen Schneider’s highly regarded Canadian Organized Crime provides an introduction to criminal syndicates, organized crimes, and enforcement principles and practices in Canada. This widely informative and accessible new edition continues its comprehensive historical, empirical, and theoretical overview of organized crime in Canada with numerous case studies that make the material vivid and understandable for students.
Incorporating new research, recent Canadian cases, and current enforcement structures and laws in Canada, this text will give readers a broad understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that contribute to the continued existence of organized crime in Canada. The text examines new trends and developments that have affected organized crime since the first edition, including the ongoing revolution in digital communications (the internet dark web), the proliferation of cryptocurrency, the opioid epidemic, organized criminality in the time of COVID, the growing power of the ‘Ndrangheta in Ontario, the fallout from the implosion of Quebec’s Rizzuto mafia family, and the new business model employed by the Hells Angels throughout Canada.
This textbook will appeal to students in criminology, sociology, political science, and law and justice programs, criminal justice professionals working in the field of organized crime enforcement, and readers interested in true crime literature.
new contemporary case studies on money laundering in British Columbia, COVID-19 frauds perpetrated by criminal groups in Canada and other countries, and more
updated scholarship surrounding the study of Canadian organized crime and its enforcement, including recent research and theory development
revised instructor supplements, including PowerPoint slides, assignment suggestions, exam questions, and two additional web-based chapters on international organized crime groups
Part I: Introduction to Organized Crime in Canada: A Historical, Empirical, and Theoretical Overview
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Organized Crime in Canada
Chapter 2: Defining and Conceptualizing Organized Crime
Chapter 3: Describing Organized Crime: Identifying and Classifying Dominant Characteristics
Chapter 4: Theories of Organized Crime
Part II: Organized Criminal Associations
Chapter 5: Italian Organized Crime
Chapter 6: Chinese Organized Crime
Chapter 7: English- and French-Canadian Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Chapter 8: Other Organized Criminal Associations in Canada
Part III: Organized Criminal Activities
Chapter 9: Predatory Crimes
Chapter 10: Consensual Crimes
Chapter 11: Drug Trafficking
Part IV: Controlling Organized Crime
Chapter 12: Organized Crime Control in Theory: Theoretical Overview, Concepts, Objectives, and Strategies
Chapter 13: Organized Crime Control in Practice: Criminal Law and Enforcement Agencies in Canada
Conclusion: Is There a Distinctively Canadian Version of Organized Crime?
Stephen Schneider is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Criminology Graduate Program at Saint Mary’s University.
“Canadian Organized Crime, Second Edition, is a fascinating and detailed examination of many facets and variants of organized crime, and Canada’s relationship with criminal gangs that can often profit alongside otherwise lawful citizens, in symbiotic relationships. Author Stephen Schneider critically probes historical factors indigenous to Canada and asks whether the nation’s institutions and social constructions could have enabled and even fostered the growth of powerful crime groups, through factors such as racism or ineffective law enforcement and justice systems.”
—Sam Cooper, Canadian investigative journalist and author of the bestselling book, Wilful Blindness: How a Network of Narcos, Tycoons and Chinese Communist Party Agents Infiltrated the West
“This is a superb resource for Canadian criminology students. Canada has its own distinctive history, patterns and practices of organized crime that need to be understood in their own terms. Canadian Organized Crime does a great job of laying out the fundamentals in a clear, sensitive, and understandable way. I will use it in my teaching.”
—James Sheptycki, Professor of Criminology, York University
Instructors who adopt Canadian Organized Crime, Second Edition for their course will gain access to a collection of PowerPoint slides.
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