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Evolutionary Psychology and Organized Crime

Evolutionary Psychology and Organized Crime

Evolutionary psychology and organized crime
Russil Durrant


In his foreword to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, painted a vivid picture of what he termed the ‘gulf that exists between the civil and the uncivil’ (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, 2004: 3). Civil society, he claimed, referred to the history of accumulated progress that has resulted in liberal societies that promote tolerance, respect, and good governance. However, there also exists what he called an ‘uncivil society': ‘They are terrorists, criminals, drug dealers, traffickers in people and others who undo the good works of civil society… they thrive in countries with weak institutions, and ...

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