organized crime

(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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Usage Notes:

  • Organized crime is studied in criminology.
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called syndicated crime.

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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 December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

organized crime. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://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 December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“organized crime.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/organized-crime/>.