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- DescriptionThe Sicilian Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, is one of the most intriguing criminal phemena in the world. It is an unparalleled organised criminal grouping that over almost two centuries has been able t only to successfully permeate licit and illicit ecomy, politics and civil society, but also to influence and exercise authoritative power over both the underworld and the upper-world. This criminal phemen has been a captivating conundrum for scholars of different disciplines who have tried to explain with various paradigms the reasons behind the emergence and consolidation of the mafia. Challenging the Mafia Mystique provides an analysis of the changes the Sicilian mafia has undergone, from legitimisation to denunciation. Ri Coluccello highlights how, from the very emergence of the organised criminal groups in Sicily, a culture existed that was protective and tolerant of the mafia. He argues that the various conceptualisations of the mafia that dominated the public and scientific debate in the nineteenth and more than half of the twentieth century created a mystique, which legitimised the mafia and contributed to their success. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of organised crime, Italian politics and Italian literature.
- Author BiographySalvatore Coluccello is Senior Lecturer at the School of International Studies and Social Science, Coventry University, UK.
- Author(s)Rino Coluccello
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication18/12/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationBasingstoke
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Notebiography
- Weight475 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine18 mm
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