Juan S. Pegoraro, Los lazos sociales del delito económico y el orden social

Published date01 December 2017
Date01 December 2017
AuthorFederico Luis Abiuso
Subject MatterBook Reviews
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Punishment & Society 19(5)
study, I believe she has given a profound contribution to more general discussions
about control and adaptations to control, that is not narrowed down to some
specif‌ic criminological tradition.
Gof‌fman’s fascinating reports raises many questions; more than the methodo-
logical note answers in the f‌inal section. Some have questioned her f‌indings and
focused on allegedly problematic issues from her f‌ieldwork. Most infamously she
was accused of conspiracy to murder, as she admitted to having driven a car
searching for her friend’s murderer. No charges have been brought against her.
But we should ask if this blurred line between participation and observation alters
her argument? We do need to discuss and uphold research ethics. But the most
alarming aspect of her book should be the questions she raises about US
In the USA every decade seems to leave a signature ethnographic f‌ieldwork from
the mostly non-white poor underclass. With its renewed analytical framework and
inviting form, Alice Gof‌fman’s On the Run could be a candidate for this decade.
Nicolay B Johansen
University of Aalborg, Denmark
Juan S. Pegoraro, Los lazos sociales del delito econo´mico y el orden social, Editorial Universitaria
de Buenos Aires (Eudeba): Buenos Aires, 2015, 430 pp. (including index): 9789502325156,
$33.00 (pbk)
Does society exist or should we rather think in terms of social order? What is crime,
and more specif‌ically organized economic crime? These and other questions are
addressed by Juan Pegoraro in a recently published book titled Los lazos sociales
del delito econo´mico y el orden social. In this work we f‌ind a synthesis of multiple
approaches analyzed by the author through the lens of his extensive experience as a
Latin American scholar in the f‌ield of the sociology of punishment. It is relevant to
mention here Pegoraro’s broader teaching and research trajectory because this
book attempts to address some of the questions that arose through the author’s

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