Italian Mafias Today
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Italian Mafias Today

Territory, Business and Politics

Edited by Felia Allum, Isabella Clough Marinaro and Rocco Sciarrone

Despite a rapidly changing economic and legal landscape, Italian mafias remain prominent actors in the global criminal underworld. This book provides an extensive and up-to-date view of how they adapt to shifting economic opportunities and intensifying legal and civic backlash.
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Chapter 14: Italian mafias in Australia: The dominance of the Calabrian Ndrangheta

Felia Allum and David Bright


This chapter presents an overview of the presence of Italian mafias in Australia and compares the very different social and economic behaviours of the ‘Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra in that country. It considers the interplay of structural factors, contexts and conditions, drivers, facilitators and characteristics which have resulted in the ‘Ndrangheta becoming a territorially and politically rooted mafia in parts of Australia, while Camorra groups use it as a ‘marketplace’ in which to generate profit (exported to Italy) rather than for long-term settlement. On the basis of these case studies, the chapter problematises some of the existing theories on mafia expansions outside their territories of origin.

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