Craig Scott's Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert PDF

By Craig Scott

ISBN-10: 0804781389

ISBN-13: 9780804781381

Many of present day companies "live in public"; they commit vast assets to branding, catching the general public eye, and capitalizing at the age of transparency. yet, whilst, an increasing number of businesses and different collectives are flying below the radar, concealing their identities and activities.

This booklet bargains a framework for considering how businesses and their individuals speak id to correct audiences. contemplating the measure to which enterprises demonstrate themselves, the level to which contributors show their identity with the association, and even if the viewers is public or neighborhood, writer Craig R. Scott describes collectives as living in "regions" that variety from obvious to shaded, from shadowed to darkish. Taking a more in-depth examine teams like EarthFirst!, the Church of Scientology, Alcoholics nameless, the KKK, cranium and Bones, U.S. unique undertaking devices, men's bathhouses, and numerous terrorist organisations, this e-book attracts awareness to shaded, shadowed, and darkish collectives as very important firms within the modern landscape.

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Is, in general, a hard one, since the very secrecy that distinguishes these societies obscures them, especially when disclosure is truly dangerous” (Erickson 1981, 204). Nevertheless, scholars have begun to offer useful insights into these groups. In many respects these societies are essentially organizations engaged in organizing processes. They may structure themselves in familiar hierarchical forms (in part to help maintain and enforce the organization’s secrecy), though they can take on other structures as well (and may even move away from hierarchical forms over time).

2002) argues that “the viability of informal enterprise relies considerably on being able to operate under the regulatory radar screen” (10). A few more specific examples also illustrate the importance of visibility and identity issues in these organizations. Eric Schlosser, perhaps best known as author of Fast Food Nation, offers a compelling look at three industries in the vast informal economy in his compilation titled Reefer Madness (2003). He begins by noting “if the market does indeed embody the sum of all human wishes, then the secret ones are just as important as the ones that are openly displayed” (9).

The role of new information and communication technologies is worth mentioning here also. On the one hand, Internet-based tools help provide cover for these organizations as they seek to avoid identity detection; on the other hand, they afford the means for promoting identity, often to a very broad audience. The more important argument for our purposes here is that these hidden organizations do exist—in multiple forms and in significant numbers. Table 1 lists the general types we have examined here and provides an example of each.

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