Christopher Duggan Fascism and the Mafia

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Although the Sicilian Mafia is a subject of endless fascination, few serious books have been written about it. In this provocative work, Christopher Duggan argues that the idea of the Sicilian Mafia is a fiction, born of political calculation and genuine misunderstanding of the behavior of Sicilians.  The book consists of two parts. The first looks at the development of the idea of the Mafia from the 1860s, when the term first appeared,  to the Second World War. Duggan explains that while all serious observers in Sicily realized that there was no organized criminal society in Sicily, there were several reasons why the idea was perpetuated. One was that when Sicily became part of unified Italy in 1860, hostility to the new state was claimed by officials to be criminally inspired, and they spoke for the first time of 'the Mafia.' From then on, man of Sicily's political and social problems were attributed to this mythical organization. A second reason for a mafia mythology was that Sicilian society had different values from other parts of Italy. Sicilian belief in private justice and their unwillingness to cooperate with the police reinforced the idea of a secret criminal organization. The second part of the book is a detailed study of the repressive campaign conducted by the fascist government against the Mafia in the 1920s.  Making use of private papers, police files, and trial proceedings, Duggan concludes that the Mafia was largely an idea exploited for political ends, and that its use only reinforced the deep mistrust that many Sicilians had of the state. Duggan's book―which is also the first study of the impact of fascism in Sicily―indicates why there was so much hostility to fascism there in the later years of the regime Duggan’s lively and original book will be of great interest to historians of modern Italy, to anthropologists, and to criminologists, and well as to those who are actively engaged in the fight against organized crime.

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The Sicilian mafia is a subject of endless fascination, but few serious books have been written about it. in this provocative work, Christopher Duggan argues that the idea of the mafia is a fiction, born of political calculation and genuine misunderstanding of the behavior of Sicilians.

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"The idea of the Mafia is a minefield of fact and fantasy," says the author. Originally begun as the author's doctoral dissertation, this book is an encyclopedic exposition of the history of the idea of the Mafia and how and why belief in a large-scale criminal organization persists. The author traces the idea of the Mafia to Sicily, beginning with the etymology of the word and how it came to be used to describe political and social unrest in the island in the 1860s. A detailed discussion of the Fascist campaign against the Mafia in the late 1920s is also documented, with the study concluding in 1945 near the end of World War II. This is a scholarly, provocative work of value to the researcher and informed student.
- Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Book Description Yale University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 322 pages. Dimensions: 9.2in. x 6.4in. x 1.1in.The Sicilian mafia is a subject of endless fascination, but few serious books have been written about it. In this provocative work, Christopher Duggan argues that the idea of the mafia is a fiction, born of political calculation and genuine misunderstanding of the behaviour of Sicilians. The first part of the book looks at the development of the idea of the mafia from the 1860s, when the term first appeared, to the Second World War. Although all serious observers realised that there was no organised criminal society in Sicily, Duggan explains why the idea was perpetuated. When the island became part of unified Italy in 1860, hostility to the new state was claimed by officials to be criminally inspired, and they spoke for the first time of the Mafia. The distinctive values of the Sicilians, such as their belief in private justice and unwillingness to cooperate with the police, reinforced the idea of a secret criminal society. From then on, many of Sicilys political and social problems were attributed to this mythical organisation. In the second part of the book, to illustrate the general observations made in the first, Duggan provides a detailed study of the repressive campaign conducted by the fascist government against the mafia in the 1920s. Making use of private papers, police files, and trial proceedings, he concludes that the mafia was primarily an idea exploited for political ends, and that its use only strengthened many Sicilians deep mistrust of the state. This lively book is a penetrating account of the origins of the mafia myth and the first study of the impact of fascism on Sicily. It will be of great interest to historians of modern Italy, to anthropologists, and to criminologists, as well as to those who are actively engaged in the fight against organised crime. Christopher Duggan was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Italian History and Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Italian Society at Reading University. He is co-author, with Denis Mack Smith and Moses Finley, of A History of Sicily (1986). This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 9780300043723

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