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Organised Crime in the UK

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 February 2013

Organised crime in the UK - how has it changed? Professor Dick Hobbs, joins Laurie Taylor, to discuss his work on 'Lush Life', a rich, ethnographic study into 'Dogtown', a composite of several overlapping neighbourhoods in East London. Looking behind the clichéd notions of criminal firms and underworlds, he finds that activity which was once the preserve of professional criminals has now been normalised. He invites us to consider whether or not the very idea of organised crime has become outdated in a predatory, post industrial world in which many fight, by illegal as well as legal means, to survive on the margins. Also, the presence and activities of the Mafia in the UK. Dr Felia Allum, a Lecturer in Italian History and Politics, discusses how Italian organised crime functions outside its territory of origin.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Felia Allum

    Lecturer in Italian politics and history at the University of Bath


    Find out more about Felia Allum


    Paper: ‘Italian Organized Crime in the UK’

    in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
    Policing (2012) 6 (4): 354-359.
    doi: 10.1093/police/pas025


  • Dick Hobbs

    Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Centre at the University of Essex


    Find out more about Dick Hobbs


    Lush Life: Constructing Organized Crime in the UK
    Publisher: OUP Oxford
    ISBN-10: 0199668280
    ISBN-13: 978-0199668281



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