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Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians, and dismissed as a subject not to be taken too seriously by those researching the mobility patterns of their own ethnic ancestors or current minority newcomers. The Crooked Ladder represents a groundbreaking attempt to describe how some members of ethnic minorities have utilized organized crime as one vehicle of upward mobility, advancing from lower-class status to middle-class power and respectability.

O'Kane illustrates the criminal road to prosperity as a process of displacement and succession: each group competes with and eventually eliminates its more established predecessor from the upper echelons of organized crime. This historical criminal succession mirrors the upward mobility of the Irish, Jews, and Italians in the larger, conventional non-criminal realm. Arguing that African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics are pursuing similar criminal routes, O'Kane takes issue with contemporary social scientists who view the current plight of minorities as unique in American social life.

As a fundamental rethinking of the American ethnic experience with crime, The Crooked Ladder will be essential reading for social historians, sociologists, and criminologists. Now available in paperback, it will be useful in criminology courses and well as classes in ethnicity and social relations.

Book News Annotation:

Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians, according to O'Kane (sociology, Drew University). This work describes how some members of ethnic minorities have used organized crime as a vehicle of upward mobility. Arguing that African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics are pursuing similar criminal routes as previous generations of Irish, Jews, and Italians, O'Kane takes issue with contemporary social scientists who view the plight of today's minorities as unique in American social life. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians, and dismissed as a subject not to be taken too seriously by those researching the mobility patterns of their own ethnic ancestors or current minority newcomers, The Crooked Ladder represents a groundbreaking attempt to describe how some members of ethnic minorities have utilized organized crime as one vehicle of upward mobility, advancing from lower-class status to middle-class power and respectability.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765809940
Author:
O'kane, James M.
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Author:
O'Kane, James M.
Location:
New Brunswick, U.S.A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminals
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Minorities -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Series Volume:
03-4023
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9.04x5.96x.50 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians, and dismissed as a subject not to be taken too seriously by those researching the mobility patterns of their own ethnic ancestors or current minority newcomers, The Crooked Ladder represents a groundbreaking attempt to describe how some members of ethnic minorities have utilized organized crime as one vehicle of upward mobility, advancing from lower-class status to middle-class power and respectability.
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