The Reasoning behind this Research; an Evaluation of the Results
The core of this research project is the identification of the role of women inside mafia-type criminal organizations rooted in countries that have imported and maintained the Cosa Nostra organizational model or at any rate are characterized by similar associative structures: Japan, China, Croatia and the former Yugoslavia, Spain, Albania, Turkey, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Russia, and the United States (some of these results are not reported in this book). As Fiandaca indicates in the Introduction, the need for this study originated from recent experiences in Italy that raised the awareness of the “feminine” role as an essential aspect for understanding the socio-criminal phenomenon of organized crime and therefore shifting the strategies for combating it. In fact, after decades of underestimation and dismissal, the importance of women’s roles in mafia-type organizations in Italy, Cosa Nostra in particular, has recently been reconsidered beyond the stereotypes that have always hidden its significance. The initial studies had a socio-anthropological character and were written in a journalistic or psychoanalytic style.
KeywordsOrganize Crime Money Laundering Criminal Organization Gang Member Crime Syndicate
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