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How network science unearthed the overlapping relationships of organized crime in Al Capone’s Chicago

Smith, Chris M. and Papachristos, Andrew V. (2016) How network science unearthed the overlapping relationships of organized crime in Al Capone’s Chicago. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (31 Aug 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Public fascination with organized crime is not new. In new research which studies the social relationships of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s, Chris M. Smith and Andrew V. Papachristos were able to take advantage of this fascination with the availability of thousands of notes and documents on Al Capone’s criminal network. By applying network analysis to the criminal relationships in Capone’s gangs they find that multiplexity – when two people have more than one relationship – was a rare but very relevant part of Chicago’s Prohibition era network. Their research highlight the ways that multiplexity links the underworld and the upper world — a process that organizes crime into mainstream society.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 16:36
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 23:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69244

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