David Friedrichs



Transnational Crime and Global Criminology: Definitional, Typological and Contextual Conundrums

The study of transnational crime calls for the development of useful theories, the undertaking of credible empirical investigations, and the formulation of constructive social policy. All of these initiatives are premised on the adoption of a range of key terms and concepts, coherently defined, the positioning of specific forms of transnational crime in relation to other, cognate forms of such crime, and the situating of transnational crime within the context of an evolving globalized, postmodern world. Accordingly, some of the key definitional, typological, and contextual issues at hand are reviewed, with provisional solutions to some of the conundrums that arise. Falk’s characterization of the present state of the world is adopted here as an especially persuasive and useful framework for addressing some central issues pertaining to transnational crime. An agenda for global criminology is offered.

global criminology, transnational crime, white-collar crime, globalization, postmodern context, declining world order, global governance.

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, No. 2 (2007): 4-18