By Vincenzo Scalia
This booklet develops the concept the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia likes and, greater than the other felony association, follows the styles of capitalist transformation. the writer offers research of the mafia below post-fordism capitalism, displaying how they depend on a growing number of versatile networks for purposes of either price and dodging police regulate, in addition to altering their middle companies with regards to the danger that a few actions, resembling drug trafficking, tend to incur.
Combining sociology, criminology and labour sociology, the ebook presents an interpretation of Cosa Nostra which makes a speciality of the relationship among criminal and unlawful economies and politics, hence disposing of the concept geared up crime is usually an exterior entity to society. An authoritative and unique examine, this ebook could be of specific curiosity to students of legal justice, politics and economics.
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Additional info for Crime, Networks and Power: Transformation of Sicilian Cosa Nostra
The agricultural Maﬁa, like the industrial Maﬁa, viewed territory as the principle resource to be exploited for the realisation of proﬁt. In the era of the latifundia, the large agricultural estates, this exploitation of the productive potential of the land was combined with the control of the water supply and of communication routes and markets. The industrial Maﬁa founded its strength on its capacity to convert farmland into potential building sites. Through the destruction of urban and natural environments, as was the case with the “Sack of Palermo”, it was able to realise consistent proﬁt.
Legal structures relating to ownership and the hierarchy of power rested on cultural behavioural codes and interactions based on illegal or informal norms or systems of reference, with the advantage of creating an internal cohesion resistant to any external intervention aimed at unsettling it. Organised crime and the ruling classes lived together in an osmotic relationship, at times producing relations that conﬂicted with the powers in Italian central government, essentially translating into what we today would call white-collar crime.
I will put forward the hypothesis that whilst ‘Ndrangheta and Camorra come close to the model set out by Alan Block as being distinct from white-collar crime, in the case of the Sicilian Maﬁa the distinction is far less clear cut. Cosa Nostra’s origins as a power structure that came into being to manage the large land estates, a role it has played in the balance of political powers in Italy since 1860 to the current day, and the centrality of the Maﬁa in the economy at the regional, national and international level, mean that Cosa Nostra is closer to the criminal phenomena traditionally ascribed to white-collar crime.