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Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth

Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth

by Antonio Nicaso, Marcel Danesi
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ISBN-13: 9781442222267
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Antonio Nicaso, is an award-winning journalist, a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on organized crime. He is a regular consultant to governments and law-enforcement agencies around the world and a lecturer at several universities. Nicaso teaches in the postgraduate courses on history of organized crime at Middlebury College (Vermont) and he is the co-director of the Centre of Forensic Semiotics at Victoria College (University of Toronto). He sits on International Advisory Council of The Italian Institute of Stategic Studies “Nicolò Machiavelli.

Marcel Danesi is professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is known for his work in language, communications, and semiotics; being Director of the Program in semiotics and communication theory. He has also held positions at Rutgers University, University of Rome "La Sapienza", the Catholic University of Milan, and the University of Lugano. Among his most significant books are Cool: The Signs and Meanings of Adolescence and Popular Culture: An Introduction (2011).

Table of Contents

1 Origins and Organization
The Origins of the Mafia
Reinvention: Cosa Nostra
The Display of Power
2 Honor
Enacting the Code
Mafia Women
The Yakuza
3 Rituals and Symbols
Rituals and Rites
Religious Symbolism
Initiation and Passage Rites
The Power of Symbols
4 Appearance
The Made Man
Gangster Chic
Enter the Movies
5 Names
The Gang
The Wise Guy
The Talk
Terms of Distinction
6 Myth
Foundation Myths
An American Myth: Cosa Nostra
Street Myths

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