Bad Business: Professional Crime in Modern Britain

Hardcover | June 1, 1995

byDick Hobbs

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Written by a leading commentator on the culture of crime and criminality, this is a hard-hitting and disturbing insight into the activities and attitudes of professional criminals. The book is based upon interviews with generations of criminals whose activities range from violence,intimidation, and protection rackets through to drug dealing and car theft. Professional criminals talk in graphic detail about their violent methods and their often ruthless attitudes to those who stand in their way. Their stories show a picture of a community where criminals have an elevatedstatus, where violence is seen as a way of life, and prison is an occupational hazard - not a deterrent. The author spent three years at street level talking to the people whose stories appear in this book, and he presents us with a picture of a world beyond the usual glamorous, media friendly images of the gangster: a place where it is a struggle to thrive in a dangerous and highly competitiveenvironment.

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Written by a leading commentator on the culture of crime and criminality, this is a hard-hitting and disturbing insight into the activities and attitudes of professional criminals. The book is based upon interviews with generations of criminals whose activities range from violence,intimidation, and protection rackets through to drug de...

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This book, written by a leading commentator on the culture of crime and criminality, is a hard-hitting and disturbing insight into the activities of professional criminals. It is based upon interviews with generations of criminals whose activities range from violence, intimidation, and protection rackets through to drug dealing and car...

Dick Hobbs is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Durham.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258488

ISBN - 13:9780198258483

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Table of Contents

1. Professional Crime - an introduction2. Apprentices to Dealers (Drug Dealing)3. Man and Boy: The Violence of Enterprise (3 case studies, Growing up with violence, Violent backgrounds)4. Hardman - Jimmy's Story5. Fat Boys Mutant Enterprises6. Kenny's Story7. Yout Opportunities - The Poepl'es Game; Buck the Market8. Criminal LifeAppendixBibliography

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'The book also provides a thorough analysis of the role played by violence in the development of professional criminal careers, and focuses on mascunalinity which favours such development... this excellent book may lead readers to formulate hypotheses and draw general comparisons of aninternational nature.'