1st Edition

Social Networking as a Criminal Enterprise

Edited By Catherine D. Marcum, George E. Higgins Copyright 2014
    254 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    As social networking continues to evolve and expand, the opportunities for deviant and criminal behavior have multiplied. Social Networking as a Criminal Enterprise explores how new avenues for social networking criminality have affected our criminal justice system.

    With insight from field experts, this book examines:

    • The history of social networking and the process of developing an online identity
    • Schools of criminological theory and how they relate to criminality on social networking websites
    • Forms of criminal behavior that can be performed utilizing social networking websites
    • Criminality via texting, identity theft, and hacking
    • Adolescents as offenders and victims in cyberbullying and digital piracy
    • Online sexual victimization, including child pornography and sexual solicitation of youth

    The book concludes by discussing law enforcement’s response, including new techniques and training, type of evidence, and use of experts. It also discusses how the corrections system has been affected by these types of offenders.

    Discussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage critical thinking and case studies help place the material in context. Ideal for students and scholars, the book offers a comprehensive examination of how the emergence of social networking has affected criminality online, and how it has impacted the criminal justice system.

    Understanding the Social Network
    History of Social Networking; Catherine D. Marcum
    Creating Identity on Social Network Sites; Matt Richie and Tina L. Freiburger
    Social Networks and Crime: Applying Criminological Theories; Brian P. Schaefer
    Types of Social Working Criminality
    Texting and Social Networks; Melissa L. Ricketts and Cynthia Koller
    Identity Theft and Social Networks; Jordana N. Navarro and Jana L. Jasinski
    Wall Posts and Tweets and Blogs, Oh My! A Look at Cyberbullying via Social Media; Robin M. Kowalski and Gary W. Giumetti
    Understanding Digital Piracy Using Social Networks: An Integrated Theory Approach; George E. Higgins
    Patterns of Sexual Victimization of Children and Women in the Multipurpose Social Networking Sites; Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar
    Case Study: Advancing Research on Hackers Through Social Network Data; Thomas J. Holt, Olga Smirnova, Deborah Strumsky, and Max Kilger
    The Criminal Justice System and Social Networking
    Further Examining Officer Perceptions and Support for Online Community Policing; Adam M. Bossler and Thomas J. Holt
    Prosecution and Social Media; Joseph D. Losavio and Michael M. Losavio
    Corrections and Social Networking Websites; Catherine D. Marcum and George E. Higgins


    Catherine D. Marcum, George E. Higgins

    "The book is quite readable, and some chapters are of professional interest to security practitioners. But chapters 1 through 8 should be read by those who use the Internet and who are interested in protecting their privacy, their assets, and even their very lives."
    —G. Ernest Govea, in Security Management

    "…for the more advanced criminologist or criminologist in training, this book could be very useful. Overall, the book has a good selection of authors in SNA, and discussion of a nice assortment of current cybercrimes, including identity theft and cyberbullying. The authors also do a sufficient job of distinguishing between SNA and social networking (e.g., Facebook, Twitter). Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, professionals.
    —L. L. Hansen, Western New England University