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The 'Ndrangheta Down Under: Constructing the Italian Mafia in Australia

Sergi, Anna (2019) 'The 'Ndrangheta Down Under: Constructing the Italian Mafia in Australia.' European Review of Organised Crime, 5 (1). 60 - 84. ISSN 2312-1653

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Abstract

In the past decades, the Australian 'ndrangheta has been object of media attention, academic inquiry and growing policing concern. In Australia, however, the phenomenon is not new. Next to contemporary manifestations of mafia clans and activities, there is an historical 'ndrangheta, with families and networks in specific areas of the country. Their activities peaked between the 1950s and the 1970s and their reputation still persists and populates mafia narratives. This article will analyse historical archives broadly related to a nebulous idea of the Italian mafia in Australia. These archival sources contain both institutional documents (from police forces, intelligence services and law enforcement agencies) and, to a lower extent, media sources ranging from 1940s to 1980s. The analysis will show how Australian authorities observed, approached and attempted to fight the mafia phenomenon-and specifically that of Calabrian origin-very early and with mixed results. This article will eventually argue that also thanks to the geography and history of Australia as a country-island, the 'ndrangheta phenomenon has developed and prospered until today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Italian Mafia, mafia narratives, criminal migration, organised crime
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 09:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24490

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