Essay about Deviance and Organized Crime

1472 Words Jun 4th, 2008 6 Pages
Deviance is a violation of social norms, behavioral codes or prescriptions, which guide people into actions and self-presentations conforming to social acceptability. There are many forms of deviance. Among the many forms of deviance, organized crime stands out in many aspects of society. Organized crime has been around for many years in America and for centuries in Europe. It is distinguished by its durability over time, expansive interests, hierarchical structure, buildup of profit, investment of profit, access to political protection, and the use of violence as an end to particular means. Organized crime is able to thrive throughout the world by supplying, or appearing to supply, services that the lawful economy is unable to …show more content…
website) That is one trillion dollars around the globe that are going untaxed. On top of lost tax revenue, these governments are spending additional money to police and investigate crime rings. This all adds up to time, resources and money not directed towards vital public works further bringing down society as a whole. Abstract as this point may be, it is still an example of organized crime’s negative impact on our society.
One of the more obvious ways that organized crime can affect us negatively is the use and perpetuation of violence. It is an inherent element in the world of organized crime. When you owe money to a legitimate company and you don’t pay, they send you notices and reminders with due dates and eventually it could go to collections. Organized crime sees violence as a way to avoid all of this. If you owe them money and you don’t pay, when they catch you they will beat you up or worse, make an example out of you and kill you. Basically violence is used as a means to an end for these people. The main problem of this is collateral damage, or the innocent bystanders that get hurt as a result.
When you mention organized crime, almost always people think you are talking about the Italian Cosa Nostra, or Mafia. In reality, La Cosa Nostra is just the Italians’ version of organized crime. Crime syndicates span the globe and even include the Al-Qaeda terrorists

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