Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo
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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2 The Genesis of the Mafia
3 The Mafia and the Cold War
4 The Cultural Production of Violence
5 Seeking Causes Casting Blame
6 Mysteries and Poisons
7 The Antimafia Movement
8 Backlash and Renewal
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