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Italian Mafias Today

Territory, Business and Politics Edited by Felia Allum, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath, UK, Isabella Clough Marinaro, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and Associate Professor of Italian Studies, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy and Rocco Sciarrone, Professor of Economic Sociology, Department of Culture, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Italy
Despite a rapidly changing economic and legal landscape, Italian mafias remain prominent actors in the global criminal underworld. This book provides an extensive and up-to-date view of how they adapt to shifting economic opportunities and intensifying legal and civic backlash.
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Publication Date: September 2019
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Despite a rapidly changing economic and legal landscape, Italian mafias remain prominent actors in the global criminal underworld. This book provides an extensive and up-to-date view of how they adapt to shifting economic opportunities and intensifying legal and civic backlash.

Surveying the main Italian mafias active today – Cosa Nostra, the ‘Ndrangheta, the Camorra and the Sacra Corona Unità – the contributors provide a broad overview of key themes and research findings, offering new theoretical and methodological lenses for analysing how Italy’s four native mafias have adapted to recent challenges. Investigating their global and national impact, this book analyses new insights into the operations and trajectories of Italian mafias in the 21st century.

Employing fresh empirical material, this book is essential reading for students of Italian studies at all levels, as well as those of criminology, security, political science, sociology and organised crime studies. Policy makers and practitioners tackling organised crime will also benefit from this book’s critical insight into the history, operation and pathways of Italian mafias today.
'This book is a welcome exposure to research on four Italian mafias – the already well-studied Sicilian Cosa Nostra and the Neapolitan Camorra; the less familiar, although hyper-dangerous, Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta; and the somewhat peripheral mafia of Puglia, emergent in the 1970s and ‘80s. We are beholden to the editors of this volume for making this material accessible to English language readers, organizing it so effectively, and providing a comprehensive overview of Italian scholarship on the Italian mafias.'
– Jane Schneider, CUNY, US

‘This is not a book that lingers long on individual characters. It is a documented assessment of the history and evolution of the four major Italian-based criminal organizations. This is a well-researched and compellingly argued book.’
– Antonio Nicaso, Queen’s University, Canada
Contributors include: F. Allum, L. Brancaccio, D. Bright, E. Ciconte, I. Clough Marinaro, A. Colletti, G. Corica, J. Dagnes, N. Dalla Chiesa, A. Dino, D. Donatiello, M. Giuditta Borselli, V. Martone, M. Massari, R. Merlino, V. Mete, A. La Spina, S. Sberna, R. Sciarrone, L. Storti, A. Vannucci