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Social Networking as a Criminal Enterprise

This book explores how new avenues for social networking criminality have affected our criminal justice system.

By Catherine Marcum,

George Higgins,

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As social networking continues to evolve and expand, the opportunities for deviant and criminal behavior have multiplied. Social Networking as a Criminal Enterprise explores how new avenues for social networking criminality have affected our criminal justice system.

With insight from field experts, this book examines:

  • The history of social networking and the process of developing an online identity
  • Schools of criminological theory and how they relate to criminality on social networking websites
  • Forms of criminal behavior that can be performed utilizing social networking websites
  • Criminality via texting, identity theft, and hacking
  • Adolescents as offenders and victims in cyber bullying and digital piracy
  • Online sexual victimization, including child pornography and sexual solicitation of youth

The book concludes by discussing law enforcement’s response, including new techniques and training, type of evidence, and use of experts. It also discusses how the corrections system has been affected by these types of offenders.

Discussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage critical thinking and case studies help place the material in context. Ideal for students and scholars, the book offers a comprehensive examination of how the emergence of social networking has affected criminality online, and how it has impacted the criminal justice system.


Understanding the Social Network
History of Social Networking; Catherine D. Marcum
Creating Identity on Social Network Sites; Matt Richie and Tina L. Freiburger
Social Networks and Crime: Applying Criminological Theories; Brian P. Schaefer
Types of Social Working Criminality
Texting and Social Networks; Melissa L. Ricketts and Cynthia Koller
Identity Theft and Social Networks; Jordana N. Navarro and Jana L. Jasinski
Wall Posts and Tweets and Blogs, Oh My! A Look at Cyberbullying via Social Media; Robin M. Kowalski and Gary W. Giumetti
Understanding Digital Piracy Using Social Networks: An Integrated Theory Approach; George E. Higgins
Patterns of Sexual Victimization of Children and Women in the Multipurpose Social Networking Sites; Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar
Case Study: Advancing Research on Hackers Through Social Network Data; Thomas J. Holt, Olga Smirnova, Deborah Strumsky, and Max Kilger
The Criminal Justice System and Social Networking
Further Examining Officer Perceptions and Support for Online Community Policing; Adam M. Bossler and Thomas J. Holt
Prosecution and Social Media; Joseph D. Losavio and Michael M. Losavio
Corrections and Social Networking Websites; Catherine D. Marcum and George E. Higgins

PUBLISHED:  April 2014

Pages:  253