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The Italian anti-mafia system between practice and symbolism: Evaluating contemporary views on the Italian structure model against organized crime

Sergi, A (2016) 'The Italian anti-mafia system between practice and symbolism: Evaluating contemporary views on the Italian structure model against organized crime.' Policing (Oxford), 10 (3). 194 - 205. ISSN 1752-4512

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Abstract

© The Author 2015. This article describes and analyses conceptualizations of mafias and anti-mafia in Italy across institutions in Italy. It first interprets criminal law provisions and the value of legal norms and establishes the links between the social dimension of mafias and the symbolism of certain anti-mafia responses. Secondly, the article seeks to link the law with institutional perceptions of the threat of organized crime through in-depth interviews with experts within the anti-mafia system. The purposes of this article are to construct and de-construct the Italian conceptualization of organized crime and mafia, to understand how strong is the link between the conceptualization of mafias and the main elements of the anti-mafia policing model (the Structure Model), and to start a discussion on whether, and to what extent, the anti-mafia system can be exported outside Italy to fight organized crime.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14925

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