Studies of Organized Crime

Women and the Mafia

Female Roles in Organized Crime Structures

Editors: Fiandaca, Giovanni (Ed.)

  • 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
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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.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fiandaca, Giovanni

    Pages 1-5

  • Doing It for Themselves or Standing in for Their Men? Women in the Neapolitan Camorra (1950–2003)

    Allum, Felia

    Pages 9-17

  • Mafia Women: The Affirmation of a Female Pseudo-Subject. The Case of the ‘Ndrangheta

    Siebert, Renate

    Pages 19-45

  • Women in the ‘Ndrangheta: The Serraino-Di Giovine Case

    Ingrascì, Ombretta

    Pages 47-52

  • Women in the Sacra Corona Unita

    Massari, Monica (et al.)

    Pages 53-66

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eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2265-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women and the Mafia
Book Subtitle
Female Roles in Organized Crime Structures
Editors
  • Giovanni Fiandaca
Series Title
Studies of Organized Crime
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-36542-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-36542-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-36537-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2265-6
Series ISSN
1571-5493
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 300
Additional Information
Original Italian edition published by Università degli Studi di Palermo
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