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Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style

Letizia Paoli


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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195157246
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Letizia Paoli, author
Katholieke Universiteit