Italian Mafias Today
Show Less

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.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 9: Pizzini: Sicilian mafia culture between continuity and change

Rossella Merlino


This chapter examines mafia behaviour in situations of crisis, transition and change by looking at forms of internal communication. It focuses in particular on Cosa Nostra’s written system of communication (pizzini) implemented under the leadership of Bernardo Provenzano. Drawing on cultural pragmatics theory of social performance, it argues that the micro-social interactions produced in those communications had a transformative effect on the actors involved, thereby not only reflecting but also influencing the organisation’s identity and structure.The case study thus provides a fascinating analysis of how tradition and innovation are concretely linked and enacted.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.