The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection

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Harvard University Press, 1996 - Social Science - 335 pages
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In a society where trust is in short supply and democracy weak, the Mafia sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for parties to commercial transactions. Drawing on the confessions of eight Mafiosi, Diego Gambetta develops an elegant analysis of the economic and political role of the Sicilian Mafia.

  

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Gambetta (sociology, Oxford) sets forth a new perspective on the Mafia, discarding the popular impression that it is a criminal community secretly controlled through a centralized structure. Gambetta ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Market
15
The Resources
34
The Industry
53
The Origins
75
The Cartel
100
The Trademarks
127
Dispute Settlement
159
Orderly Markets
195
Disordered Markets
226
Conclusion
245
Postscript
257
Abbreviations
271
Bibliography
315
Index
325
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About the author (1996)

Diego Gambetta is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

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