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Decoding Albanian Organized Crime

Jana Arsovska


The expansion of organized crime across national borders has become a key security concern for the international community. This book examines some of the most widespread myths about the so-called Albanian Mafia. Among the questions tackled are the following: Is there a nation-wide Albanian Mafia that is hierarchically structured, highly secretive, and based on ethnic ties? Has the re-emergence of the Albanian customary Kanun laws led to increase in violent and organized crime in Albania? Is organized crime as much about emotions as it is about poverty, possessing, and wealth? What drives Alba ... More

Keywords: Transnational organized crime, Albanian mafia, Globalization, Politics, Balkan crime, Cultural criminology, Migration, Kanun of Lek Dukagjini, Human trafficking, Drug trafficking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282803
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jana Arsovska, author
City University of New York