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The Chinese Mafia: Organized Crime, Corruption, and Extra-Legal Protection

Peng Wang


China’s economic reforms have been accompanied by a surge of social problems such as ineffective legal institutions, booming black markets, and rampant corruption. These problems have led to the rise of extra-legal means of protection and enforcement, because the demand for protection cannot be fulfilled by state-sponsored institutions. However, there remains a startling paucity of literature on this topic. Utilizing individual interviews and focus group discussions from two Chinese cities, this book fills the gap by investigating how extra-legal protectors—corrupt public officials and street ... More

Keywords: corruption, extra-legal protection, guanxi, law, mafia emergence, organized crime, police, politics, social embeddedness, state failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peng Wang, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong