Reversible Destiny Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo

ISBN-10: 0520236092
ISBN-13: 9780520236097
Edition: 2003
List price: $34.95
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

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.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Maps
The Palermo Crucible
The Genesis of the Mafia
The Mafia and the Cold War
The Cultural Production of Violence
Seeking Causes, Casting Blame
Mysteries and Poisons
The Antimafia Movement
Backlash and Renewal
Civil Society Groundwork
Recuperating the Built Environment
"Cultural Re-education"
Reversible Destiny
Notes
References
Index

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