Crime is recognized as a constant factor within human society, but in the twenty-first century organized crime is emerging as one of the distinctive security threats of the new world order. The more complex, organized and interconnected society becomes, its crime becomes too.

This book recognizes that the new century will be defined in part by a struggle between an ‘upperworld’, defined by increasingly open economic systems and democratic politics, and a transnational, entrepreneurial, dynamic and richly varied underworld, willing and able to use and distort these trends for its own ends. In order to understand this challenge, this book gathers together experts from a variety of fields to understand how organized crime is changing. From the Sicilian Mafia and the Japanese Yakuza, to the new challenges of Russian and East European gangs and the ‘virtual mafias’ of the cybercriminals, this book offers a clear and concise introduction to many of the key players moving in this global criminal underworld.

This book is a special issue of Global Crime

chapter |7 pages

Introduction Global Crime Today

chapter 1|11 pages

North American Organised Crime

chapter 6|13 pages

Chinese Organised Crime

chapter 7|20 pages

The Changing Face of the Yakuza

chapter 8|12 pages

State Crime: The North Korean Drug Trade

chapter 10|12 pages

The Global Dimension of Cybercrime