n African Security Review - Re-conceptualising organised crime : commentary

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... This commentary aims to broaden the current approach to understanding organised crime. The orthodox method has been to conceptu-alise organised crime as a rather specific and isolated criminal entity. This mindset encour-ages certain assumptions and policy recom-mendations that are problematic. To overcome these shortfalls, this commentary suggests a broader perspective based on the notion of a 'criminal economy'. To illustrate how this perspective may lead to new views of organised crime, this commentary will sketch a case study based on research into the crimi-nal economy that exists on the Cape Flats. The two perspectives In South Africa, the study of organised crime has focused predominantly on exploring the internal characteristics of specific groups. Subsequently, descriptions of organised ..

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