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Francesco Benigno, La mala setta. Alle origini di mafia e camorra 1859-1878. Torino : Einaudi, 2015, 403 p., ISBN 978-88-06-22441-7.

Michel Huysseune
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This book is an important contribution to the debates on the origins of organized crime in Italy and, because of the historical role of Italy in the emergence of the phenomenon, therefore also highly relevant for an understanding of organized crime in general. It explicitly proposes itself as revisionist, since it intends to contest the presently dominant narrative that argues for an organizational continuity of Mafia and Camorra since their ill-understood origins generally dated in the mid-nineteenth century, and tends to project the present characteristics of organized crime into the past. This paradigm, itself emerging after the important court cases against organized crime of the 1980s and 1990s, definitely attested the importance of the organizational structure of the Mafia in particular, hence putting an end to controversies on its very organizational existence.

Against this approach, La mala setta proposes to take a new look at the period between 1859 and 1878, preceding and f...

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Bibliographical reference

Francesco Benigno, La mala setta. Alle origini di mafia e camorra 1859-1878. Torino : Einaudi, 2015, 403 p., ISBN 978-88-06-22441-7.

Electronic reference

Michel Huysseune, « Francesco Benigno, La mala setta. Alle origini di mafia e camorra 1859-1878. Torino : Einaudi, 2015, 403 p., ISBN 978-88-06-22441-7. », Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies [Online], Vol. 20, n°2 | 2016, Online since 01 December 2018, connection on 26 February 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/chs/1689

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