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Codes of the underworld : how criminals communicate, Diego Gambetta

Label
Codes of the underworld : how criminals communicate
Title
Codes of the underworld
Title remainder
how criminals communicate
Statement of responsibility
Diego Gambetta
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"How do criminals communicate with each other? Unlike the rest of us, people planning crimes can't freely advertise their goods and services, nor can they rely on formal institutions to settle disputes and certify quality. They face uniquely intense dilemmas as they grapple with the basic problems of whom to trust, how to make themselves trusted, and how to handle information without being detected by rivals or police. In this book, one of the world's leading scholars of the mafia ranges from ancient Rome to the gangs of modern Japan, from the prisons of Western countries to terrorist and pedophile rings, to explain how despite these constraints, many criminals successfully stay in business." "Diego Gambetta shows that as villains balance the lure of criminal reward against the fear of dire punishment, they are inspired to unexpected feats of subtlety and ingenuity in communication. He uncovers the logic of the often bizarre ways in which inveterate and occasional criminals solve their dilemmas, such as why the tattoos and scars etched on a criminal's body function as lines on a professional resume, why inmates resort to violence to establish their position in the prison pecking order, and why mobsters are partial to nicknames and imitate the behavior they see in mafia movies. Even deliberate self-harm and the disclosure of their crimes are strategically employed by criminals to convey important messages."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gambetta, Diego
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6085
LC item number
.G36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminals
  • Communication
  • Criminals
  • Communication
  • Criminals
  • Criminals
  • Kommunikation
  • Kriminalität
  • Kriminalsoziologie
Label
Codes of the underworld : how criminals communicate, Diego Gambetta
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Criminal credentials -- The power of limits -- Information as hostage -- Why prisoners fight (and signal) -- Self-harm as a signal -- Conventional and iconic signals -- Protecting easy-to-fake signals -- Criminal trademarks -- Nicknames -- Why (low) life imitates art
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 336 pages
Isbn
9780691119373
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009006822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)243550245
  • (OCoLC)ocn243550245
Label
Codes of the underworld : how criminals communicate, Diego Gambetta
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Criminal credentials -- The power of limits -- Information as hostage -- Why prisoners fight (and signal) -- Self-harm as a signal -- Conventional and iconic signals -- Protecting easy-to-fake signals -- Criminal trademarks -- Nicknames -- Why (low) life imitates art
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 336 pages
Isbn
9780691119373
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009006822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)243550245
  • (OCoLC)ocn243550245

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