(noun) A formal organization with a hierarchical power structure, a clear division of labor, and a network of resources that is focused on illegal activities such a drug trafficking or prostitution.
Example: The Mafia (also called Cosa Nostra), a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia.
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How to Cite the Definition of Organized Crime
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “organized crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
organized crime. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “organized crime.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 23, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“organized crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/>.