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Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives
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Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives: Rethinking Organizations in the 21st Century

Craig Scott


Many organizations and their members devote extensive resources to promoting themselves and being known to others. However, not all organizations want or need their identity to be recognized and not all organizational members want to have their membership or affiliation known by at least certain audiences. As we consider secret societies, anonymous support programs, hate groups, terrorist cells, covert military units, organized crime, gangs, parts of the underground economy, front organizations, stigmatized businesses, and even certain hidden enterprises tucked away in quiet office parks, we h ... More

Keywords: anonymity, audience, communication, dark organizations, hidden organizations, identification, identity, secrecy, shaded organizations, shadowed organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781381
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Scott, author