Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily / Edition 2

Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily / Edition 2

by Filippo Sabetti
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773524754

ISBN-13: 9780773524750

Pub. Date: 11/14/2002

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


He suggests that the mafia emerged only in some parts of Sicily and was never a single overarching criminal organization. It arose, in fact, from a self-help tradition that eventually became corrupted and ultimately a burden on most villagers - land workers and proprietors alike. The local antimafia forces also became a drain on village life and by the middle of…  See more details below

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He suggests that the mafia emerged only in some parts of Sicily and was never a single overarching criminal organization. It arose, in fact, from a self-help tradition that eventually became corrupted and ultimately a burden on most villagers - land workers and proprietors alike. The local antimafia forces also became a drain on village life and by the middle of the 1950s both the mafia and the antimafia, far from destroying one another, had vanquished themselves. The first study to extend rational choice institutionalism to Italian history and politics, Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily offers an in-depth analysis of the impact of the abolition of feudalism in 1812, the unification of Italy in 1860, and subsequent regime changes on village politics in Sicily. Sabetti details the emergence, evolution, and collapse of a local mafia and antimafia in a historical, "before-after," perspective. Refocusing the study of village politics and the mafia, he also suggests what can happen when those acting for the state regard ordinary people as passive voices in the game of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773524750
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: The Sicilian Problem3
2The Setting19
3Village Life under Baronial Jurisdiction28
4National Jurisdiction and Village Relationships42
5Life under National Jurisdiction65
6The Regime of Self-Reliance95
7Life under the Dual Regime111
8Life under the Dual Family Compact140
9The New Order of Village Relationships184
10Epilogue: The Past as the Future?221
Bibliography241
Index279

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