Criminology: Analysis of Crime

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It is tempting to give a simpleor even simplistic answer to the above question: it is tempting to say thatanalysis and theory of crimes of the powerful have grown so quickly in the lastcentury because the quantity and diversity of such crimes have themselvesexploded outwards. As the number of crimes committed by the powerful have risenexponentially across the years and continents, so the police forces, crime-preventionagencies and legislators of the governments charged with halting these crimeshave had to evolve into larger and more complex organizations also. Forinstance, amongst myriad forms of organized crime that developed in thetwentieth century, one pertinent recent example is the efflorescence ofhigh-tech and internet crime, where professional and international gangsmanipulate technology to extort or steal large sums of money from the public.High-tech crime is of course a recent phenomenon; it did not exist at the turnof the last century. Therefore analysis of such activities by law agencies hasgrown to respond to this new threat; moreover, the analysis and prevention ofsuch crimes has had to grow in sophistication and size just as the crimesthemselves have done. Organized crime - be it narcotic trafficking,prostitution rings, corporate crimes and so on - has become a massiveinternational business, and it has required larger agencies equipped withbetter criminal theory and technology and international cooperation betweenagencies to deal with it. Moreover, the clear lapse between the professionalismand techniques of many criminal organizations and the law agencies that pursuethem will require these agencies to catch-up to the advances of these criminalsin the next decades. And, of course, this catch-up will depend heavily uponadvances in criminal theory and analysis. 'Crimes of the powerful' are notexclusively concerned with illegal activities of the above

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