Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bruinsma and others on Transnational Crime

Histories of Transnational Crime (Springer, 2015) edited by Gerben Bruinsma, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, came out last year. From the publisher: 
Histories of Transnational Crime provides a broad, historical framework for understanding the developments in research of transnational crime over the centuries. This volume provides examples of transnational crime, and places them in a broad historical context, which has so far been missing from this field of study. The contributions to this comprehensive volume explore the causes and historical precursors of six main types of transnational crime: -piracy -human smuggling -arms trafficking -drug trafficking -art and antique trafficking -corporate crime. The historical contributions demonstrate that transnational crime is not a novel phenomenon of recent globalization and that, beyond organized crime groups, powerful individuals, governments and business corporations have been heavily involved. Through a systematic historical and contextual analysis of these types of transnational crime, the contributions to this volume provide a fundamental understanding of why and how various forms of transnational crime are still present in the contemporary world. In the past two decades, the study of transnational crime has developed from a subset of the study of organized crime to its own recognized field of study, covering distinct societal threats and requiring a particular approach.
TOC after the jump.
  • Gerben Bruinsma, "Criminology and Transnational Crime"
  • Bruce Elleman, "Historical Piracy and its Impact"
  • Marlou Schrover, "History of Slavery, Human Smuggling and Trafficking 1860-2010"
  • Jonathan Grant, "The Arms Traffic in World History"
  • Carl Trocki, "The Criminalization of Drugs. Drugs before they were criminalized"
  • Noah Charney, "A History of Transnational Trafficking in Stolen and Looted Art and Antiquity"
  • Wim Huisman et al., "Corporations and Transnational Crime"
  • Edward R. Kleemans, "Criminal Organization and Transnational Crime"
More information is available here.