A discussion with Professor Federico Varese and Professor John Dickie on the emergence and spread of mafias.

Sponsored by the Research Unit in Governance and Democracy, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London.

This seminar, moderated by Dr Carl Levy, will discuss the implications of Dickie’s and Varese’s latest books. John Dickie’s Mafia Brotherhoods: Camorra, mafia, ‘ndrangheta: The Rise of the Honoured Societies ( Sceptre, 2011) is a comparative history of Italy’s three major criminal fraternities, the Sicilian mafia, the Neapolitan camorra, and the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta, from their origins to the end of the Second World War.

Federico Varese’s Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories (Princeton University Press, 2011) questions the ease to which contemporary organized crime can spread from national homelands (Russian mobsters in New York, Chinese triads in London and Italian mafias throughout the West). The truth is more complicated.

John Dickie: Professor of Italian Studies at University College London.

Federico Varese: Professor of Criminology and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.

All welcome.

10.05.12: Talk by Prof John Dickie and Prof Federico Varese

"Un'analisi profonda"

Roberto Saviano, Repubblica

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