Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily / Edition 2

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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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Reviews of the first edition: "Sabetti's revolutionary analysis shakes up the conventional wisdom, calls into question acquired knowledge thought to be unassailably true forever, and forces us all to rethink the history of Sicily and the mafia." Saverio Di Bella, University of Messina Center for the Study of Mafia Criminality "An important study. Sabetti successfully challenges a number of well-entrenched assumptions about Sicilian and southern Italian politics." International Journal of Comparative Sociology "An informative and detailed analysis of a single, small village in central Sicily ... The primary data used by Sabetti are quite varied and more complete than any other book on the subject. He has made excellent use of the literature. But it is the idea, the imagination of the work that is even more impressive for it actually explains the currents of authority." International Migration Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773524750
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 Introduction: The Sicilian Problem 3
2 The Setting 19
3 Village Life under Baronial Jurisdiction 28
4 National Jurisdiction and Village Relationships 42
5 Life under National Jurisdiction 65
6 The Regime of Self-Reliance 95
7 Life under the Dual Regime 111
8 Life under the Dual Family Compact 140
9 The New Order of Village Relationships 184
10 Epilogue: The Past as the Future? 221
Bibliography 241
Index 279
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