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Enterprise not ethnicity: an interview with Dwight C. Smith Jr

Woodiwiss, Michael



© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. This email interview with Dwight C. Smith Jr. was conducted during 2012 and 2013. It discusses Smith’s background, influences, career and current thinking and activities from his early career in U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence in the 1950s and New York State organized crime intelligence in the 1960s, through to his debunking of Mafia mythology—particularly in the influential book, The Mafia Mystique (1975)—in the 1970s and then to his development of the spectrum-based theory of enterprise as a potentially more productive way of addressing the problem known as organized crime.


Woodiwiss, M. (2015). Enterprise not ethnicity: an interview with Dwight C. Smith Jr. Trends in Organized Crime, 18(1-2), 41-55.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 27, 2015
Journal Trends in Organized Crime
Print ISSN 1084-4791
Electronic ISSN 1936-4830
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 1-2
Pages 41-55
Keywords organized crime, organized crime control, enterprise theory, alien conspiracy theory
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