Original Italian edition published by Università degli Studi di Palermo
2007, VIII, 300 p.
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Shines a new light on the roles of women within criminal networks, roles that in reality are often less traditional than researchers used to think
Contains contributions from psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, prosecutors and journalists
Contributors have combined quantitative methods (statistical data, historical research) with qualitative methods such as personal interviews to come to a complete picture
Where is a woman’s place in the mob? Does she even have one? Is the rise in women’s involvement in organized crime the darker side of their increased presence in the legitimate workplace, or simply a reworking of the mafia’s traditional male attitudes cloaked in the guise of women’s emancipation?
The insightful essays in Women and the Mafia seek to answer these questions from a wide range of academic disciplines and trace the portrait of women tied to organized crime in Italy and around the world. This book pulls back the code of silence and shines a light on the dark image of women entangled in organized crime.
The surprising first hand accounts of mafia women in Italy not only reveal women in power, "generals in skirts", but also tales of severe abuse and violence against women.
The book introduces us to the professional women of the Argentine "mafia state", Albanian human traffickers, spies for the Russian mob, runners for Brazilian numbers rackets, and the mystique of the American gangster moll.
"When something is risky, who do they send? Women … My aunt … can kill a person with her bare hands … if she were to see me now … she would shoot me down in the middle of the street; she’s got no problem with that …
My mother made my brother feel like the boss; but she was the one who ran everything; he was the boss on the outside, but my mother had the real power … women are in charge, nothing you can do about it."
Rita Di Giovine, state’s witness against the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Camorra - Crime - Donne e Mafie - Gang - Gender Studies - Italy - Mafia - Organized Crime - Universita degli studi di Palermo - University of Palermo - Violence - code of silence
A History of Women in the Mafia.- Doing It for Themselves or Standing in for Their Men? Women in the Neapolitan Camorra (1950–2003).- Mafia Women: The Affirmation of a Female Pseudo-Subject. The Case of the ‘Ndrangheta.- Women in the ‘Ndrangheta: The Serraino-Di Giovine Case.- Women in the Sacra Corona Unita.- Symbolic Domination and Active Power: Female Roles in Criminal Organizations.- Women in Mafia Organizations.- Women and Other Mafia-Type Criminal Organizations.- Female Visibility in the Mafia World: Press Review 1980 to 2001.- An International Comparison.- Women in Organized Crime in Albania.- Women in Organized Crime in Argentina.- Women in Organized Crime in Brazil.- Women in Organized Crime in Japan.- Women in Organized Crime in Germany.- Women in Organized Crime in Russia.- Women in Organized Crime in the United States.- Conclusion.- The Reasoning behind this Research; an Evaluation of the Results.