by Peng Wang
The Chinese Mafia: Organized Crime, Corruption, and Extra-Legal Protection by Peng Wang utilize interviews focussing on group discussions from two Chinese cities understanding the corruption and crime in the Chinese. It provides a criminal literature on corrupt public officials, criminal activities, street gangsters, and the rapidly changing society. Also, it includes the economic reforms as well as the social problems of the legal institutions as well as black markets and the corruption. In addition, it also put light on the protection and enforcement of the law. All the content focuses on the on the protection of the law and enforcement such as the demand for the protection of the institutions of the state.
It also develops the socio-economic mafia theory emergence including the Granovetter’s economic theory to the rise of Chinese mafia. This is due to the negative influence of guanxi on the effectiveness of the legal system. It comprises of two major consequences i.e. the ability of the formal legal system for the street gangsters and the quasi-law enforcement system along with the escalating abuse of the power by public officials on different seats. This results in selling off public appointments, illegal exchange of benefits, as well as illegal traditional areas such as prostitution, gambling, and drug dealing. This book is the study of crime and the fast-growing economy offering a unique understanding of the Chinese Mafia. It is of interests to students of criminology and the researching china including politics and governance.