The Handbook of Diverse Economies
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The Handbook of Diverse Economies

Edited by J. K. Gibson-Graham and Kelly Dombroski

Economic diversity abounds in a more-than-capitalist world, from worker-recuperated cooperatives and anti-mafia social enterprises to caring labour and the work of Earth Others, from fair trade and social procurement to community land trusts, free universities and Islamic finance. The Handbook of Diverse Economies presents research that inventories economic difference as a prelude to building ethical ways of living on our dangerously degraded planet. With contributing authors from twenty countries, it presents new thinking around subjectivity and methodology as strategies for making other worlds possible.
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Chapter 8: Anti-mafia enterprise: Italian strategies to counter violent economies

Christina Jerne

Abstract

This chapter contributes to building a diverse, non-capitalocentric economic vocabulary by making visible concrete entrepreneurial practices that are involved in fighting criminal economies. Although they do not fit into the dominant representation of the ‘Economy’, that is, as including all those ‘productive’ activities that result in waged labour for a capitalist firm, both mafia and anti-mafia enterprises represent one of the many ways people organize to survive. After introducing some of the fundamental characteristics of mafia enterprise, the author discusses three prime strategies that are being effectively deployed to counter mafia enterprises in the Italian context. The themes addressed are property, labour and communication. The contribution maps out the core elements of these economies that may be of use to different contexts around the world in countering organized crime.

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