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Understanding Mafia : Italian Texts - Joseph Farrell

Understanding Mafia

Italian Texts

By: Joseph Farrell (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th September 1997
ISBN: 9780719049002
Number Of Pages: 160

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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.

Introductionp. 1
Further readingp. 20
Towards a definitionp. 21
Early historyp. 29
Evolutionp. 37
Code and culturep. 52
Structures and organisationp. 68
Affairs of statep. 76
Political complicityp. 81
Business and financep. 90
Drugs tradep. 98
Portraitsp. 105
Challenging the mafiap. 125
Future prospectsp. 135
Glossary of mafia termsp. 139
Vocabularyp. 140
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ISBN: 9780719049002
ISBN-10: 0719049008
Series: Italian Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: Italian
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 11th September 1997
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.18