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Mafia Brotherhoods

Letizia Paoli

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195157246
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943982 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157246.001.0001

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Mafia Brotherhoods

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Relying on previously undisclosed confessions of former mafia members now cooperating with the police, this book provides a clinically accurate portrait of mafia behavior, motivations, and structure in Italy. It shows that the mafia are essentially multifunctional ritual brotherhoods focused above all on retaining and consolidating their local political power base. An interdisciplinary work of history, politics, economics, and sociology, the book reveals in detail the true face of one of the world's most mythologized criminal organizations.

Keywords: mafia; mafia behavior; Italy; ritual brotherhoods; political power base; criminal organizations; politics; economics; sociology; history

Book.  320 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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Introduction in Mafia Brotherhoods

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Secrecy and Violence in Mafia Brotherhoods

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Mafia, State, and Society in Mafia Brotherhoods

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