to the study of trust, and pathbreaking research on The Sicilian Mafia. Diego Gambetta (born in Turin, Italy) is an Italian born social scientist. He is a professor of. Book Reviews: Diego Gambetta: The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, Show all authors. In a society where trust is in short supply and democracy weak, the Mafia sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for parties to commercial transactions.

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At once thoughtful and provocative, he argues that the mafioso deals not in violence, but in protection… Witty and well-argued, compelling but not didactic, this is precisely what a scholarly work should be.

I chose it because I think it is by far the sharpest early investigation of the Mafia. Pietro Grasso, the judge who is now in charge of the anti-Mafia agency, is an extremely able and determined man.

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Inhe was awarded a Title of Distinction as professor of sociology and in he became an official fellow of Nuffield College. He tried to understand the entity. Then you had Falcone and Borsellino. It provides a wealth of information about an organization which, despite its repellent nature, understandably continues to intrigue many people.

Chris Bickford rated it really liked it Sep 08, To ask other readers questions about The Sicilian Mafiaplease sign up. Brian Papish rated it really liked it Sep 13, Let it suffice to say I could not put it down and I estimate it will become a classic in the burgeoning literature upon the rational choice approach to sociological analysis.


A number of Gambetta’s research questions have come from “puzzles”, unexpected or counter-intuitive correlations, such as the presence of a large proportion of engineers among Islamic radicals.

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The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection by Diego Gambetta

The mafia don’t have good ways to describe themselves. Gardens Point Campus Library. It grudgingly shares the market with other concerns like itself, of which it is merely maia most successful.

I never said that I was specifically studying the Sicilian Mafia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But given the situation, it was virtually the only effective solution that the Italian state could take.

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The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection

Most of the big Mafiosi are now in jail or dead. Russell Sage Foundation, pp. But certainly The Godfather did manage to glamorize their behavior and gave them a sense th they were not so petty, they were not so marginal, that they were not only uncouth hoodlums — but that there was a story of some universal value in what they did.

London and New York: And his confession, in its entirety, is tremendously interesting. Adrian Tinniswood on Pirates Books.


And both the family of this woman and Gaetano Badalamenti were from the same Sicilian town, Cinisi. Why did you choose this particular one?

Have the Italian authorities made real progress in the fight against the Mafia? Lists What are lists?

Kelvin Grove Campus Library. It is a gruelling story, but you see sjcilian world from her point of view, you see how things happen, you see the kind of roles that Mafiosi play in their lives.

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But I did spend a year in Sicily inand those were extremely tense times, when the so-called Maxi Trial was happening and Judge Giovanni Falcone managed to indict alleged Mafia members. These 3 locations in New South Wales: Dave Wilcox rated it liked it May 11, It uses a dazzling combination of economic theory and sociological insight to make sense of a significant but mysterious social institution. Irvine Welsh on Crime Novels. Trivia About The Sicilian Mafi Favorite parts of the book: Mafia — Italy — Sicily.

He is well known for his vivid and unconventional mqfia of economic theory and a rational choice approach to understanding a variety of social phenomena. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.