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Inside Criminal Networks


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Acknowledgements Chapter 1: The Criminal Network Perspective 1. A Criminal Network is a Social Network, but... 2. Flexible Order 3. Centrality and Key Player Designations Direct Centrality and Visibility Brokers as Key Players 4. Seek, Rather than Assume, Structure Organization of the Book Chapter 2: Case Study Sources and Designs 1. Case Selection and Access 2. Case Study Descriptions Krebs' Terrorist Network Project Ciel Project Caviar Projects Siren and Togo Operation Springtime 2001 Street Gangs and Drug Distribution in Montreal North 3. Designing the Criminal Networks The Matrix and the Sociogram Assembling the Final Network Representation 4. Centrality and Analogous Network Measures In the Thick of Things In Between In the Thick of the Thick Less Efficiently In Between Localized Clustering 5. Challenges in Criminal Network Analysis Clarity and Attributes in Relational Data Missing Data Beyond the Final Network Representation Missing Data Within the Final Network Representation Are Central Participants Simply Central Targets of a Police Investigation? Are Law-enforcement Intercepted Networks Simply Failed Criminal Networks? Chapter 3: Partnership Configurations in Illegal DrugImportation 1. Resource-Sharing in Crime 2. Two Networks in One 3. Direct and Indirect Connectivity Within the Ciel Network 4. Conclusion Chapter 4: The Efficiency-Security Trade-off 1. The Network's Objective and Time-to-Task 2. Snakes and Clusters 3. Centrality Issues and Distinctions 4. Conclusion Chapter 5: Legitimate Strengths in Criminal Networks 1. Legitimate Actors in Criminal Settings 2. Differences Between Trafficker and Non-Trafficker Subsets 3. Seeds in the Network 4. The Direction of Contact 5. Discrete Participants and Pawns 6. Conclusion Chapter 6: Law-Enforcement Disruption of a Drug Importation Network 1. Coding for Criminal Network Dynamics The Context of Control The Uniqueness of the Caviar Case 2. Characteristics of the Overall Caviar Network 3. Changes in the Caviar Network Across Investigative Phases Decentralization and Core Changes Disorder and Accountability 4. Conclusion Chapter 7: Brokerage Qualifications in Ringing Scripts 1. Crime Scripts and Flexibility 2. Merging Crime Script and Social Network Frameworks 3. The Case Study Design Determining Brokerage Qualifications Assessing Participant Removal Impact on Script Permutation 4. Criminal Network Flexibility and Script Permutation Overall Scripts

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Author: Carlo Morselli (Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology, Universite de Montreal)

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