The thread and the plot of the antimafia in Sicily

Leading researcher: Simona Tomarchio
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
Keywords: Mafia | Antimafia | Violence | Beauty


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/132227/2017
Starting date: 01-10-16

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Abstract

Sicily is referred to as the prototypical case of comparative studies of emerging forms of organized crime elsewhere. Traditional rural and archaic mafia survived and is, nowadays, infiltrated at many levels of the global network society and international scale economy. As a result, the boundaries between the upper world of legality and underworld of illegality have become blurred and have disappeared altogether mainteining in the case of the Sicilian mafia a social and cultural control of the territory (Blok 1974). Antimafia civil movements represent a competing and antagonistic set of values and incontestable drivers of change. During my fieldwork I noticed how the concept of beauty was recurrent and used in contrapposition to mafia. According to this, mafia is the counterpart of something that is beatiful, therefore, morally good and acceptable. Beauty attracts resources, ideas and create synergies contributing to the development of most depressed areas of Sicily.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub139*Miguel Vale de AlmeidaSupervisorproj331*The thread and the plot of the antimafia in SicilyDoctoral researchOngoing
pub509*Simona TomarchioResearch scholarproj331*The thread and the plot of the antimafia in SicilyDoctoral researchOngoing
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Jane SchneiderSupervisorUniversity of New Yorkproj331*The thread and the plot of the antimafia in Sicily