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Local and global mafia

Author Sergi, Anna, Lavorgna, Anita

ISBN No 978-3-319-32585-9

Review date 26/06/2019

No of pages 122

Publisher Palgrave

Publisher URL

Year of publication 02/08/2016


Ndrangheta: The Glocal Dimensions of the Most Powerful Italian Mafia. Authors: Sergi, Anna, Lavorgna, Anita

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£ 41.64 euros (ebook)

A UK academic has published the first historical and sociological account in English of the Italian based ‘Ndrangheta mafia criminal clan.

The ‘Ndrangheta mafia is now considered to be Italy’s richest and most powerful criminal organisation and the publication of this research comes just weeks after the arrest in Italy of a ‘Ndrangheta boss, Ernesto Fazzalari after almost two decades on the run.

‘Ndrangheta; The Glocal Dimensions of the Most Powerful Italian Mafia has been co-authored by Dr Anna Sergi from the University of Essex Department of Sociology and Dr Anita Lavorgna from the University of Southampton.

Dr Sergi said: “The Italian Anti-mafia prosecutors have labelled the ‘ndrangheta as the most powerful Italian mafia today, in Italy and beyond, because of its control over cocaine trafficking in Europe, its presence in various countries, such as Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and other European countries, and their ability to infiltrate politics and the legal economy.

“This book however is both about the transnational dimension of the clans and their local dimension in Calabria. The ‘ndrangheta is both a criminal organisation and a way of doing mafia, as we say, a criminal behaviour. It is important to understand that the ‘ndrangheta, which is as old as the Italian state, has been changing and transforming in the past decades also thanks to the conditions of its local environment, Calabria.”

Dr Sergi and Dr Lavorgna discuss the nature, structure, history and trafficking of the ‘Ndrangheta and analyse the increasingly global reach of these mafia clans.