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Uniform Title Donne e mafie. English
Title Women and the mafia : [female roles in organized crime structures] / edited by Giovanni Fiandaca ; [translated from the Italian by Stephen Jackson]
Published New York : Springer, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 308 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in organized crime ; v. 5
Studies of organized crime ; v. 5
Contents Introduction / Giovanni Fiandaca -- pt. 1. A history of women in the mafia. Doing it for themselves or standing in for their men? Women in the Neapolitan Camorra (1950-2003) / Felia Allum -- Mafia women: the affirmation of a female pseudo-subject. The case of the 'Ndrangheta / Renate Siebert -- Women in the 'Ndrangheta: the Serraino-Di Giovine case / Ombretta Ingrascì -- Women in the Sacra Corona Unita / Monica Massari and Cataldo Motta -- Symbolic domination and active power: female roles in criminal organizations / Alessandra Dino -- Women in mafia organizations / Franco Di Maria and Girolamo Lo Verso -- Women and other mafia-type criminal organizations / Ernesto Savona and Gioacchino Natoli -- Female visibility in the mafia world: press review 1980 to 2001 / Alessandra Dino [and others] -- pt. 2. An international comparison. Women in organized crime in Albania / Fitore Paluca Belay -- Women in organized crime in Argentina / Adriana Rossi -- Women in organized crime in Brazil / Denise Frossard -- Women in organized crime in Japan / Ryu Otomo -- Women in organized crime in Germany / Eva Maria Kallinger -- Women in organized crime in Russia / Yakov Gilinsky -- Women in organized crime in the United States / Clare Longrigg -- pt. 3. Conclusion. The reasoning behind the research: an evaluation of the results / Teresa Principato
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the Italian
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Subject Women and the mafia.
Form Electronic book
Author Fiandaca, Giovanni.
ISBN 0387365370 (hbk.)
9780387365374 (hbk.)