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Refresh and try again. This tradition is upheld scrupulously, often to the detriment of efficient operation. To ask other readers questions about The Sicilian Mafiaplease sign up. A History of Sicily: Many buildings were illegally constructed before the city’s planning was finalized.

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The result in the west was that the new farmers and businesses started hiring toughs who coalesced into the mafia. This is one of the main reasons why the Mafia has resisted more than a century of sicipiana efforts to destroy it: In this regard I was lucky.

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Didgo couldn’t finish it. Witness intimidation is also common. The early Mafia was heavily involved with citrus growers and cattle ranchers, as these industries were particularly vulnerable to thieves and vandals and thus badly needed protection.

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Borsellino was also killed by a car bomb on July 19, Physical assault is rare; clients may be murdered for breaching agreements or talking to the police, but not for simply refusing protection. The tide of defectors was greatly stemmed. The combination of a weak state and a lootable natural resource made the sulphur-rich parts of Sicily conducive to the emergence of mafia-type organisations.


The close proximity with the rest of Italy should have offered plenty of opportunities for the South to develop. When the shipment arrived in America, however, the American buyers claimed that some heroin was missing, and paid Di Pisa a commensurately lower sum. In many situations, mafia bosses prefer to establish an indefinite long-term bond with a client, rather than make one-off contracts. Dave Wilcox rated it liked it May 11, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the mids, for example, there were two opposing beliefs concerning the organisational form of the mafia.

Trust and Society, New York: Some of the most common charges were mafia association, drug trafficking, extortion, fraud and vote buying. Calogero VizziniSalvatore Riinaand Bernardo Provenzano were especially influential bosses who have each been described by the media and law enforcement as being the “boss of bosses” of their times.

Other than its members, Cosa Nostra makes extensive use of “associates”. Since its inception, madia has worked under the simplifying assumption that protection and property rights enforcement are matters smoothly didgo effectively performed by legitimate states under the rule of law.


The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection

And he teases out the subtle distinctions between protection and extortion, in which the protector himself poses a threat. Mafiosi sometimes protect businesspeople from competitors by threatening their competitors with violence.

The testimonies of these pentiti have, for the first diwgo in the history of the phenomenon, provided us with a detailed account of its organisation and activities from within. It is also due to the late unification of Italy and the historically weak central government. There is no spectrum of quality when it comes to violent protection.

University of Sydney Library. An associate is considered by the mafiosi nothing more than a tool, someone that they can “use”, or “nothing mixed with nil.

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If a protected business is robbed, the clan will use these contacts to track down and return the stolen goods and punish the thieves, usually by beating them up. At the chute exit, as it were, I found myself in Palermo, doing fieldwork on the Sicili- an mafia.