FIGHTING AGAINST THE MAFIA

RESEARCH CONTEXT Sicily is the place where Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia, was born. However, Sicily is also the place where courageous Sicilian antimafia activists unyieldingly resisted the Mafia and paid their resistance with their lives. The antimafia organisations have been growing both at the local and national level in their fight against the mafia in the last twenty years. Thanks to these rebellious attempts, many mafiosi lost their traditional authority and notorious power. Yet the Mafia is still strong and there are still uncovered factors to explain how different actors struggle to destroy the Mafia in the contested political, social, legal, and cultural landscape of Sicily. Dr Ba

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE IN URBAN HISTORY - MAFIA AND THE SACK OF CITIES: THE URBAN HISTO

The Sack of Palermo is a notorious term defining how the city was ruined through mafia-allied contracts in the 1950s and the 1960s. The loss of architectural distinctiveness in the capital city of Sicily and growing political-criminal nexus have augmented urban degeneration in the following decades. Yet Palermo is not an isolated case in the social decay of urban life. Mafia organizations engaged illegal activities, destroyed the urban environment, dominated the construction sector, and extorted money from shopkeepers throughout history. This formidable amalgam of urban crimes created by different mafia groups across the world plundered different cities dramatically, changed architectural la

CURRENT BOOK PROJECT - THE SICILIAN REBELLION

THE SICILIAN REBELLION: FIGHTING THE MAFIA EVERYDAY This is my current book project. I have been working on this project for 10 years. It is based on my ethnographic research in Sicily. I would like to explore how Sicilian people, politicians, artists, local journalists, activists, civil society organisations, digital media, cultural and bureaucratic institutions develop policies to fight the Mafia and mafiosi culture. This book project aims to uncover the hope, fear, and unyielding resistance of Sicilians who have witnessed violence, bloodshed, and injustice for so long. Their experience of cultural trauma and their long struggle against the Mafia carry a universal meaning and share a commo