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Crime and Networks

1st Edition

Edited by Carlo Morselli


346 pages

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This innovative collection of original essays showcases the use of social networks in the analysis and understanding of various forms of crime. More than any other past research endeavor, the seventeen chapters in this book apply to criminology the many conceptual and methodological options from social network analysis.

Crime and Networks is the only book of its kind that looks at the use of networks in understanding crime, and can be used for advanced undergraduate and beginner’s graduate level courses in criminal justice and criminology.


"This edited volume of social network research in criminology has been a long time coming within social network analysis (SNA)…the book is complete enough to share a curriculum around crime networks, either as a special topics course in a generalist sociology department or as a core course within a criminology/criminal justice degree program. As a resource book, it is priceless, not only for the thoroughness of topics, but also for the invaluable bibliographies included in each entry…Highly recommended."CHOICE

Table of Contents


Carlo Morselli


Chapter 1: The Importance of Studying Co-offending Networks for Criminological Theory and Policy

Jean Marie McGloin and Holly Nguyen 

Chapter 2: Sex and Age Homophily in Co-offending Networks: Opportunity or Preference?

Sarah B. van Mastrigt and Peter J. Carrington

Chapter 3: The Evolution of a Drug Co-arrest Network

Natalia Iwanski and Richard Frank

Chapter 4: Assessing the Core Membership of a Youth Gang from its Co-offending Network

Martin Bouchard and Richard Konarski


Chapter 5: The Embedded and Multiplex Nature of Al Capone

Andrew Papachristos and Chris Smith

Chapter 6: Snakeheads and the Cartwheel Network: Functional Fluidity as Opposed to Structural Flexibility

Sheldon Zhang

Chapter 7: Illegal Networks or Criminal Organizations: Structure, Power and Facilitators in Cocaine Trafficking Structures

Andrea Giménez-Salinas Framis

Chapter 8: Dismantling Criminal Networks: Can Node Attributes Play a Role?

David A. Bright, Catherine Greenhill, and Natalya Levenkova

Chapter 9: Strategic Positioning in Mafia Networks

Francesco Calderoni

Chapter 10: Drug Trafficking Networks in the World Economy

Rémi Boivin


Chapter 11: Skills and Trust: A Tour Inside the Hard Drives of Computer Hackers

Benoit Dupont

Chapter 12: Information Exchange Paths in IRC Hacking Chatrooms

David Décary-Hétu

Chapter 13: Usenet Newsgroups, Child Pornography, and the Role of Participants

Francis Fortin


Chapter 14: Pushing the Ponzi: The Rise and Fall of a Network Fraud

Aili Malm, Andrea Schoepfer, Gisela Bichler, and Neil Boyd

Chapter 15: Breakdown of Brokerage: Crisis and Collapse in the Watergate Conspiracy

Robert R. Faulkner and Eric Cheney


Chapter 16: Terrorist Network Adaptation to a Changing Environment

Sean F. Everton and Dan Cunningham

Chapter 17: Understanding Transnational Crime in Conflict-Affected Environments: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Illicit Minerals Trading Network

Georgia Lysaght

About the Editor

Carlo Morselli is a Professor at the École de criminologie, Université de Montréal and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Comparative Criminology. His research focuses on criminal networks and organized crime, with recent studies aimed specifically at illegal firearm markets, synthetic drug markets, collusion in the construction industry, and denunciation. In 2011, he was awarded the Outstanding Publication Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) for his book Inside Criminal Networks (Springer, 2009). He is also the author of Contacts, Opportunities, and Criminal Enterprise (University of Toronto Press, 2005) and a series of articles that have been published in Criminology; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Critical Criminology; Crime, Law, and Social Change; and Social Networks. Since 2011, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Global Crime.

About the Series

Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminology and Justice Studies publishes books for undergraduate and graduate courses that model the best scholarship and innovative thinking in the criminology and criminal justice field today, but in a style that connects this scholarship to a wide audience of students, researchers, and possibly the general public.

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a global perspective on crime and justice, that present a novel approach to more traditional areas of study, or that develop a new way to incorporate the wide and evolving array of digital technologies available to college and university instructors. If you have a publishing project to propose, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology

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