Criminology and Non-Fiction Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Criminology and Non-Fiction
Compares the characters in "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi to a criminology textbook.
# 37628 | 1,400 words | 2 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2003 in Criminology (Organized Crime Studies) , Literature (General)

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This paper compares the nonfiction "Wise Guy" by Nicholas Pileggi to a criminology textbook, "Criminology: Theory, Resarch, and Policy" by Gennaro F. Vito and Ronald M. Holmes. Comparisons are made between the character types and the social structure found in "Wise Guy" with examples from the textbook.

Comparisons Between the Texts

From the Paper:

"One of the fundamental aspects about organized crime as portrayed in Wise Guy is the hierarchy in the mafia. This was the structuring of mobsters according to a particular rank, where those of a higher rank were considered "made guys", of mafiosos. The mafiosos are mobsters that have killed a guy for the good of their organization. These men, and they are exclusively men, answer exclusively to those who are capos, or those who are among the highest in the mafia hierarchy.
"This compares in many ways to the research done by Veto and Holmes. First, the matter of gender must be addressed. Veto and Holmes have found that murders are almost always performed by males, where approximately 90% of all murders are committed by men. (Vito & Holmes: 264) In an organization such as the mafia, this statistical discrepancy between men and women indicates that women are, for all practical purposes, worthless as mobsters. Next, the impression taken from Wise Guy is that these mobsters would not allow a woman to be a mobster, much less a mafioso, because of the assumption that women were basically without value save as entertainment."

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