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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw

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Criminal groups and criminal subculture 1830

Romanova N.M., Head of Laboratory of Legal Psychology Faculty of Psychology, NG Chernyshevsky Saratov State University , Russia, romanovanm@info.sgu.ru
Abstract
The paper provides a classification of criminal groups, structured by the following parameters: a) operation mode (secret/open), b) law-enforcement and administrative support (presence/absence). We describe four types of criminal groups: a) legitimized criminal organization, b) secret criminal organization engaged in illegal business, c) secret general crime group, and d) general crime group operating openly. The four types differ in the content of criminal subculture. Modern criminal subculture is seen from the perspective of its heterogeneity, depending on characteristics of the criminal group. Authors describe features of the organizational culture and subculture of each of these groups. We show similarity of the described criminal group types (focus on criminal values) and their differences related to the characteristics of the criminal subculture specific content.

Keywords: types of criminal groups, criminal groups subculture, classification of modern criminal groups, similarities and differences between criminal groups

Column: Psychology of Deviant and Criminal Behavior

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