Globalization and Crime

Twyman-Ghoshal, Anamika ORCID: 0000-0003-4076-6687 (2019) Globalization and Crime. In: Global Crime: An Encyclopedia of Cyber Theft, Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking, Weapons Sales, and other Illicit International Activities. Global Crime, 1 . ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, pp. 229-232. ISBN 9781440860157

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Globalization describes the growing interconnectedness of countries and peoples. These interconnections have been enhanced through technological advances which have, in effect, compressed time and space. The compression of space refers to the exponential growth in the movement of peoples, goods, services, information, and culture across national boundaries. The compression of time refers to the unprecedented speed at which these interactions occur across the globe. Globalization is a dynamic social process that gradually transforms society from a national imaginary to a broader global consciousness (Steger 2013, 9-10). This process occurs in economic, political, cultural, and ecological dimensions. Globalization is uneven, the effects are not felt uniformly around the globe. The impacts of globalization are multifaceted, having both positive and negative outcomes. For example, the Internet facilitates the global distribution of information that enables the collective production of knowledge, but it also enables hackers, pirates, smugglers, and others to inflict widespread damage more quickly than in the past (Gilman, Goldhammer, and Weber 2013). Or, as the United Nations explains, the process of globalization has outpaced mechanisms for global governance, and a result is a type of regulation vacuum in which transnational organized crime can thrive. People and goods can move more cheaply and broadly than ever before, and both human and commercial flows are too intense to easily distinguish the licit from the illicit (Studies and Threat Analysis Section. 2010).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anamika Twyman Ghoshal
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 10:24
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:24

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