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Relying on previously undisclosed confessions of former mafia members now cooperating with the police, Letizia Paoli provides a clinically accurate portrait of mafia behavior, motivations, and structure in Italy. The mafia, Paoli demonstrates, are essentially multifunctional ritual brotherhoods focused above all on retaining and consolidating their local political power base. A truly interdisciplinary work of history, politics, economics, and sociology, Mafia Brotherhoods reveals in dramatic detail the true face of one of the world's most mythologized criminal organizations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195375268
ISBN-10: 0195375262
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Letizia Paoli

Letizia Paoli is Professor at the Leuven Institute of Criminology of the K.U. Leuven Faculty of Law.

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