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Author Smith, Chris M., author

Title Syndicate women : gender and networks in Chicago organized crime / Chris M. Smith
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
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Contents Gender and organized crime -- Mapping Chicago's organized crime and illicit economies -- Chicago, crime, and the Progressive Era -- Syndicate women, 1900-1919 -- Chicago, crime, and the Prohibition Era -- Syndicate women, 1920-1933 -- The case for syndicate women
Summary "Syndicate Women uncovers a unique historical puzzle: women composed a substantial part of Chicago organized crime in the early 1900s before Prohibition, but during Prohibition, when criminal opportunities increased for men and women, women were largely excluded from organized crime. The US prohibition of the production, transportation, and sale of intoxicating beverages, from 1920 to 1933, dramatically altered the criminal landscape. During Prohibition, Chicago organized crime tripled in size, became a more centralized organization, spread geographically, surged in profits, and left women behind. Syndicate Women solves this puzzle by interrogating relational theories, historical data, and criminal networks"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Female offenders -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Organized crime -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Female offenders.
Organized crime.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
Illinois -- Chicago.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018059706
ISBN 0520972007
9780520972001 (electronic bk.)
(cloth : alk. paper)