Challenging the Mafia Mystique: Cosa Nostra from Legitimisation to Denunciation

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Springer, Apr 29, 2016 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages

This book provides an analysis of the changes the Sicilian mafia has undergone from legitimisation to denunciation. It argues that conceptualisations of the mafia in public and scientific debate, during the nineteenth and more than half of the twentieth century, created a mystique that legitimised the mafia and contributed to their success.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Origins of the Mafia as a Criminal Phenomenon and as a Spirit
6
2 The Abolition of Feudalism Mafia in the Unified Kingdom and I Mafiusi di la Vicaria
17
3 Public and Private Enquiries on the Criminal Consortium but the Mafia Doesnt Exist
36
The Notarbartolo Affair the Formation of Sicilianism and Consolidation of the Mafia Mystique
59
5 The Literature of Defence and the Heresy of Don Sturzo
70
The Beati Paoli and the Mafioso as an Avenger
89
7 Fascism and the Surrender of the Mafia the Allied Invasion and the Return of the Villains
118
Danilo Dolci and a New Image of the Mafia
145
The Writer as the Public Conscience
178
Conclusion
216
Notes
225
Bibliography
239
Index
251
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About the author (2016)

Salvatore Coluccello is Senior Lecturer at the School of International Studies and Social Science, Coventry University, UK.

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