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Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories

Federico Varese


Organized crime is spreading like a global virus as mobs take advantage of open borders to establish local franchises at will. That at least is the fear, inspired by stories of Russian mobsters in New York, Chinese triads in London, and Italian mafias throughout the West. As this book explains, the truth is more complicated. The author has spent years researching mafia groups in Italy, Russia, the United States, and China, and argues that mafiosi often find themselves abroad against their will, rather than through a strategic plan to colonize new territories. Once there, they do not always suc ... More

Keywords: organized crime, open borders, Russian mobsters, Chinese triads, Italian mafia, Mafiosi, Sicilian mafia, globalization, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691128559
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federico Varese, author
Nuffield College