History, Homicide, Organised Crime, and Theory

  • Mohammed RahmanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


This chapter offers insight into post-war Birmingham, new waves of working-class masculinity, organised crime and conceptual ambiguities. Furthermore, this chapter also considers homicide broadly as well as within the context of criminal networks. It does this by drawing upon the different forms of homicide, and argues how homicide conducted by members of illicit networks in not necessarily restricted to one form or type, but in some cases a fusion of two or more. The term ‘organised crime’ has been around for over a century, however, to date there is still no set universal definition of the concept. Thus, I offer a critical definition, which I believe justifies and strengthens some of ongoing scholarly debates about organised crime. The chapter concludes by considering the keystones theories that will help make sense of violent practice within criminal groups.


Birmingham Bourdieu Class Consumerism Criminal undertakers Cultural homicide Definition Ego Fatal violence Field Freud Gangs Government Habitus History Homicide Id Industrial revolution Industry Kray Twins Instrumental homicide Law enforcement Legislation Masculinity Murder Neoliberalism Organised crime Peaky blinders Psychoanalysis Situational homicide Special liberty Super ego Richardson gang Sloggers Theory Ultra-realism Working class Violence 


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