The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection by Diego GambettaThe Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection by Diego Gambetta

The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection

byDiego Gambetta

Paperback | February 1, 1996

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In a society where trust is in short supply and democracy weak, the Mafia sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for parties to commercial transactions. Drawing on the confessions of eight Mafiosi, Diego Gambetta develops an elegant analysis of the economic and political role of the Sicilian Mafia.

Diego Gambetta is Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
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Title:The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private ProtectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:346 pagesPublished:February 1, 1996Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674807421

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART 1: THE INDUSTRY OF PREOTECTION

1. The market

2. The resources

3. The industry

PART 2: THE INDUSTRY IN SICILY

4. The Origins

5. The Cartel

6. The Trademarks

PART 3: PROTECTION IN PRACTICE

7. Dispute Settlement

8. Orderly Markets

9. Disordered Markets

Conclusion

Postscript

Appendix A: Etymologies of Mafioso and Mafia

Appendix B: Descriptions of the Mafia Ritual

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

From Our Editors

Blood ceremonies, obscure symbols, elaborate codes, brutal executions: the arcane remnants of a defunct culture? The Mafia, this book suggests, is not nearly as bizarre as all that, not nearly as remote as we might think. In fact, as Diego Gambetta's analysis unfolds, the Mafia begins to resemble any other business. In a society where trust is in short supply, this business sells protection, a guarantee of safe conduct for commercial and social transactions. It grudgingly shares the market with other concerns like itself, of which it is merely the most successful. The author develops his elegant economic theory with ample evidence, much of it based on the remarkable work done by Judge Giovanni Falcone and his colleagues in Palermo and Agrigento in the 1980s. Drawing on the confessions of eight Mafiosi and the trials their revelations triggered, Gambetta is able to explain all manner of peculiar Mafia marketing strategies that have been endlessly misinterpreted in the past. He makes illuminating - and unexpected - comparisons between the business of protection and

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[Gambetta] has done an outstanding job of gathering and analyzing the data that were available...A tremendous achievement.