Philadelphia's ``Black Mafia'': Assessing and advancing current interpretations
Author: Griffin, S.P.
Source: Crime, Law and Social Change, Volume 39, Number 3, April 2003 , pp. 263-283(21)
In the history and the study of organized crime, the validity and reliability of sources have been particularly problematic matters. Governmental fact-finding bodies are frequently cited in this research area, including the now-defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission. For example, studies occasionally reference Philadelphia's ``Black Mafia,'' and each of these inquiries relies upon the work of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission for ``analysis'' of the group. In this article, the Commission's findings are presented and then critiqued. Significant Black Mafia activities under-researched by the Commission are next analyzed, adding context to the current understanding of the group. The article challenges current assumptions, places the group's history in context, and illustrates the utility of primary source research.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Sociology, Clemson University, 134 Brackett Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-1356, USA (e-mail: email@example.com)
Publication date: April 1, 2003