Understanding the Mafia

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Joseph Farrell
Manchester University Press, Nov 15, 1997 - History - 153 pages
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This timely volume is an anthology of writings in Italian which examine the origins, nature and culture of the Sicilian mafia. Separate chapters are devoted to the culture from which the mafia emerged, the economic and business activities in which it is now engaged, its relations with politics and politicians, as well as its structure and historical evolution. There are portraits of prominent mafiosi as well as of the people and organisations that have struggled against mafia crime. The individual pieces come from the most diverse sources, including newspapers, historical and sociological works. There is an introduction in English as well as a full vocabulary and a glossary of terms associated with the mafia. From these composite elements a complete and rounded picture of the mafia is constructed, making it an invaluable text for those interested in Italian culture.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements page
1
Furthèr reading
20
Towards a definition
21
Early history
29
Evolution
37
Code and culture
52
Structures and organisation
68
Affairs of state
76
Business and finance
90
Drugs trade
98
Portraits
105
Challenging thè mafia
125
Future prospects
135
Glossary of mafia terms
139
Vocabulary
140
Copyright

Political complicity
81

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About the author (1997)

Joseph Farrell is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Economist at the Anti-Trust Division, US Department of Justice, 2000 2001.

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