Francesco Calderoni Jay Albanese Chris M. Smith Elisa Bellotti Dina Siegel Hans Nelen

Organized Crime in the 21st Century, Motivations, Opportunities, and Constraints + Syndicate Women, Gender and networks in Chicago

A Talk by Elisa Bellotti , Dina Siegel , Chris M. Smith , Hans Nelen , Jay Albanese and Francesco Calderoni

About this Talk

Book 1: This edited volume brings together the most recent research about various aspects of organized crime and the responses that have developed worldwide as a result to contain serious criminal acts. This book focuses particularly on the way criminal networking and illegal markets have developed during the first two decades of the 21st century. It examines how these developments have influenced the motivations and opportunities to commit organized crime. The volume not only focuses on illegal activities in illegal markets, such as drug and human trafficking, but also addresses organized crime and deviance in various legitimate industries. The contributions were presented at seminars of the Centre for Information and Research on Organized Crime (CIROC), and will be of particular interest to organized crime scholars and researchers, as well as advanced students of criminology across the world.

Book 2: In Syndicate Women, sociologist Chris M. Smith uncovers a unique historical puzzle: women composed a substantial part of Chicago organized crime in the early 1900s, but during Prohibition (1920–1933), when criminal opportunities increased and crime was most profitable, women were largely excluded. During the Prohibition era, the markets for organized crime became less territorial and less specialized, and criminal organizations were restructured to require relationships with crime bosses. These processes began with, and reproduced, gender inequality. The book places organized crime within a gender-based theoretical framework while assessing patterns of relationships that have implications for non-criminal and more general societal issues around gender. As a work of criminology that draws on both historical methods and contemporary social network analysis, Syndicate Women centers the women who have been erased from analyses of gender and crime and breathes new life into our understanding of the gender gap.

19 October 2023, 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

About The Speakers

Elisa Bellotti

Elisa Bellotti

Senior lecturer, University of Manchester


Dina Siegel

Dina Siegel

Utrecht University, Utrecht University / CIROC

Professor of Criminology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and co-founder of CIROC.


Chris M. Smith

Chris M. Smith

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology University of Toronto


Hans Nelen

Hans Nelen

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, Faculty of Law


Jay Albanese

Jay Albanese

Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and specializes in organized crime, corruption, ethics and transnational crime.


Francesco Calderoni

Francesco Calderoni

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Transcrime