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Mafia a dispense, tra fiction e realtà

Rosario Mangiameli
Meridiana
No. 2, CIRCUITI POLITICI (GENNAIO 1988), pp. 203-218
Published by: Viella SRL
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23188655
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

This essay deals with recent television productions (journalistic investigations and films) about the Mafia, and examines their contents. Television encounters considerable difficulty in presenting the Mafia phenomenon; preconceived ideas somewhat dominate, which derive from folklore and mythical elements taken from the literary tradition. On this point, it is interesting to note the continual reference to «history» with the emphasis on the honorific and protective aspects of the Mafia of the past, in contrast to the entrepreneurial and violent vocation of the new criminality. The past reliance on the folklore elements certainly results in an underestimation of the Mafia threat, but also blocks an understanding of certain aspects of continuity in the Mafia affair (e.g. the link between the market economy and the use of violence). These are important if we are to understand the criminal manifestations of today's Mafia.

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