Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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598 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2022
Print ISBN: 9781773382883
Forthcoming | Spring 2022


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.

Table of Contents

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?



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