Whiz Mob: A Correlation of the Technical Argot of Pickpockets with Their Behavior Pattern

Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - 216 Seiten
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Whiz Mob is David W. Maurer's classic study of the world of pickpockets. Similar to his best-known work, The Big Con, in Whiz Mob Maurer explains the colorful expressions and vivid words used by pickpockets and uses them to provide a window into the life and experiences of the professional criminal. Although he is quick to point out that he never had any actual experience on the racket, Maurer spent many years interviewing pickpockets and learning about their way of life. The result is a fascinating look at the work, lives, morals, and dangers of this element of the criminal subculture. Whiz Mob is essential reading for sociologists, linguists, and everyone interested in the mystery and intrigue of the criminal underworld.

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Chapter I The Nature of Professional Crime
Chapter II The Pickpocket and Legitimate Society
Chapter III The Place of the Pickpocket in the Underworld
Chapter IV Usage Levels of the Pickpocket
Chapter V The Act of Theft
Chapter VI Different Types of Mobs
Chapter VII The Mark
Chapter VIII Money and Valuables
Chapter IX The Thief and the Law
Chapter X Skills and Training
Chapter XI Places to Work
Chapter XII Ethics and Morals
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David W. Maurer was a well-known linguist and professor at the University of Louisville for many years. His other books include Kentucky Moonshine, an examination of the language of moonshiners, and The Big Con, which was the basis for the Academy Award winning movie, The Sting.

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