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Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style

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Secrecy is one of the defining characteristics of the Italian Mafia. Wiretaps, financial records, and the rare informant occasionally reveal its inner workings, but these impressions are all too often spotty and fleeting, hampering serious scholarship on this major form of criminal activity.
During her years as a consultant to the Italian government agency responsible for
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published October 23rd 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dana Delamar
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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An excellent (if sometimes dry) look at the dynamics that drive the Sicilian (aka Cosa Nostra) and Calabrian (aka the 'Ndrangheta) Mafias. Paoli thoroughly digs into the origins, the traditions, and the societal influences that led to the formation of these organizations and help to keep them alive and thriving. If you are interested in organized crime, particularly in the 'Ndrangheta, this book is an invaluable resource.
Tony
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
She is a victim of the mafia mystique –an atavistic desire to rescue a ‘good mafia’, abandoned since post-war scholarship. In sum, a self-contradictory and backward looking approach, in this book.
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