Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo

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University of California Press, 11 feb. 2003 - 352 pagina's
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Reversible Destiny traces the history of the Sicilian mafia to its nineteenth-century roots and examines its late twentieth-century involvement in urban real estate and construction as well as drugs. Based on research in the regional capital of Palermo, this book suggests lessons regarding secretive organized crime: its capacity to reproduce a subculture of violence through time, its acquisition of a dense connective web of political and financial protectors during the Cold War era, and the sad reality that repressing it easily risks harming vulnerable people and communities. Charting the efforts of both the judiciary and a citizen's social movement to reverse the mafia's economic, political, and cultural power, the authors establish a framework for understanding both the difficulties and the accomplishments of Sicily's multifaceted antimafia efforts.
  

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Inhoudsopgave

1 The Palermo Crucible
1
2 The Genesis of the Mafia
22
3 The Mafia and the Cold War
49
4 The Cultural Production of Violence
81
5 Seeking Causes Casting Blame
103
6 Mysteries and Poisons
127
7 The Antimafia Movement
160
8 Backlash and Renewal
193
9 Civil Society Groundwork
216
10 Recuperating the Built Environment
235
11 Cultural Reeducation
260
12 Reversible Destiny
290
Notes
305
References
317
Index
331
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Over de auteur (2003)

Jane C. Schneider is Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Peter T. Schneider is Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. They are the authors of Festival of the Poor: Fertility Decline and the Ideology of Class in Sicily, 1860-1980 (1996) and Culture and Political Economy in Western Sicily (1976).

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