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Decoding Albanian Organized Crime$
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Jana Arsovska

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282803

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282803.001.0001

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Dangerous Hybrids? What Now?

(p.225) Chapter 7 Conclusion
Decoding Albanian Organized Crime

Jana Arsovska

University of California Press

The concluding chapter of this book elaborates on the alleged threat posed by Albanian organized crime groups to both Balkan and Western societies. It summarizes the main findings of the book and it attempts to demystify the term “Albanian Mafia.” It reminds readers that the power of politically and economically dominant groups often defines the parameters of the debate and largely determines the contours of the dominant ideology of what is socially perceived. Criticism assumes that alternative truths can be found by continuously attempting to expose the assumptions on which claims of knowledge are based. There are many “truth claims” about the so-called Albanian Mafia in the Balkans, yet while some are accepted, others are dismissed or ignored. In searching for a more objective knowledge, the concluding chapter explains why these claims must be analyzed in the context of the political, historical, and socio-economic environment of the Balkan region, as well as the Western world.

Keywords:   Security threat, Albanian mafia, Organized crime, Demand and supply, Anti-organized crime measures, Self-fulfilling prophecy, Chaos theory, Butterfly effect

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