Policy Press

Chasing the Mafia

'Ndrangheta, Memories and Journeys

By Anna Sergi

Published

Jun 24, 2022

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222449

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 24, 2022

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222432

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 24, 2022

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529222456

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Chasing the Mafia

The ‘ndrangheta – the Calabrian region of Italy’s mafia – is one of wealthiest and most powerful criminal organizations today. It is considered Italy’s most powerful mafia; it’s not only the main object of concern for anti-mafia units in Italy, but also for joint investigative teams in Europe and beyond.

Combining autobiography, travel ethnography, memoir, academic rigour and investigative journalism, this book provides a global outlook on the ‘ndrangheta, taking the reader to small villages and locations in Italy and abroad to Australia, Canada, United States and Argentina.

“A unique insight into the ‘ndrangheta that shatters the glamorized image we have conjured of the ‘mafia’ and sheds light on the workings of this international beast.” Connie Agius, Anti-Money Laundering Researcher

“In a field dominated by crumbs from law enforcement tables, this highly personal study is a refreshing addition to the literature on organized crime.” Richard Hobbs, University of Essex

"A tour de force expose of the global operations of the Calabrian mafia, and a critical resource for anyone interested in the most secretive and successful criminal organizations on the planet." Nick McKenzie, investigative journalist

“Sergi distils her uniquely comprehensive knowledge of the ‘ndrangheta, drawing on personal experiences and ethnographic research, leading the reader on an engaging journey through the intriguing world of the Calabrian mafia.” David Bright, Deakin University

Anna Sergi is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. She specialises in organised crime and comparative criminal justice. She has published widely including four previous books, the most recent one published by Bristol University Press.

Prologue

1. Mafia, Memories and Journeys

2. Wine, Cannabis and Ancestors: Rural Australia

3. Aspromonte, the Roots

4. From St Kilda to Kings Cross

5. Bombs, Bridges and Gold

6. North American Hybrids

7. The Port, the Sea and the Wrong Sun

8. ’Ndrangheta City and Spiderwebs

Epilogue