Globalization of Organized Crimes

Globalization since the 1970s has had a major effect on organized crime. It has transformed it. “There are newly prominent forms of illegality, such as computer crimes, money laundering, stealing nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union, and “sophisticated fraud” that crop up between the established codes of international law, challenge existing norms, infiltrate illicit businesses, and extend into international finance. “ (226). This increase in crime is all due to the rapid growth and modernization of our society. The increase in today’s technology is what makes these new age crimes possible. Things like commercial airlines, telecommunications, and computers give people accesses to a much larger network of people. What make these organized crime groups so dangerous are their efforts to exploit the growth mechanisms of globalization. This power of social networking, and communication are a double-edged sword; it can be either very beneficial or very harmful. Today’s technology almost gives you the power to reach people all over the globe. This is a huge advantage to most organized crime groups, terrorists, and other criminals. Technology like this is responsible for tragedies like the Boston Marathon Bombing, and other acts of terror.

This passage relates to The Consequences of Modernity when Giddens talks about the four dimensions of modernity. The advancement of organized crime is partially due to industrialism. Industrialism in this case does not refer to increasing production in factories, but rather to the increasing in technology. I feel like Mittelman would agree with this statement, industrialism in this case deals with the advancements in communication, and social networking. Additionally, after reading both Giddens and Mittelman I like Mittelman’s style more then Gidden’s. Mittelman’s style of writing is very straightforward and easy to follow. On the other hand, Giddens style of writing is all over the place. Unlike The Consequences of Modernity, Global Organized Crime uses very simple vocabulary, which makes it easy to follow. Finally, Mittelman uses facts for his arguments, while Gidden’s uses theories to defend his argument.

4 thoughts on “Globalization of Organized Crimes

  1. The idea of modernization and organized crime increasing together is an interesting and valid point. Although organized crime has existed for centuries, it has certainly increased due to the modernization of our societies. For example, technology allows easy access to personal bank accounts and stealing of money. However, as you stated, these improvements in technology are comparable to double edged swords because they can both benefit and destroy society. I also find your point about social media relating to organized crime interesting because I never gave it much thought. Social media today allows communication between anyone anywhere in the world…


  2. I, too, found your point about social media and organized crime interesting. I tend to only reflect on the good that social media does, but in reality, it can be used for some pretty dangerous things. Like you said, “Today’s technology almost gives you the power to reach people all over the globe. This is a huge advantage to most organized crime groups, terrorists, and other criminals.” This quote also made me think about the recent uprising in Egypt, sparked entirely by social media. Though this movement aimed at social improvement, do you think this can also be considered organized crime because of its nature?



  3. I found this post to be both very interesting and helpful towards the discussion of globalized crime. Like the others, I found it very interesting when you brought up the idea linking social media and organized crime. This is definitely a topic that I would have completely overlooked having to do with globalization of crime, and it definitely got me thinking. I can also agree with you that the globalization of crime completely has to do with the rapid growth and modernization of our society; for the most part technological advances. I also liked how you related the article to Giddens’ four dimensions of modernity.


  4. The impact technological advancements have had on criminal/terrorist groups is enormous. I like the analogy you use when you relate social networking and communication as a double-edged sword since they both can be very beneficial yet very harmful at the same time. Organized groups now have a much larger network of contacts to reach and have access to unlimited resources and information to possible targets. Another point Mittelman rises is the impact that “powerful and wealthy criminals, who have the resources to corrupt state officials” have on the success of criminal groups. These criminals are the ones that can provide protection and resources required to carry out their operations while the law can do little to slow them down.


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