Alberto Vannucci Anna Sergi Eduardo Moncada Federico Varese Antonio Talia

Mafia, Deviant Masons and Corruption: Shifty Brotherhoods in Italy + Resisting Extortion

A Talk by Eduardo Moncada , Alberto Vannucci , Professor Anna Sergi , Antonio Talia and Federico Varese

About this Talk

Book 1: Mafia, Deviant Masons and Corruption draws on a wealth of literature from across criminology and political science and a range of primary data sources including judicial files, indictments, arrest warrants, intercepted materials and sentences for key cases, official documentation from Parliamentary commissions and special committees of inquiry, rituals of affiliation and codes of initiation, and interviews with prosecutors, journalists and experts. In doing so it redefines how we have come to understand the relationship between mafias and power in Italy. It considers how criminal groups are defined and enriched by a relational capital in shifty environments where every actor assumes often a double nature: the mafia boss acts as an entrepreneur; the entrepreneur acts as a politician; the politician mixes with masons; a deviant mason supports mafia organisations. 

Book 2: Criminal extortion is an understudied, but widespread and severe problem in Latin America. In states that cannot or choose not to uphold the rule of law, victims are often seen as helpless in the face of powerful criminals. However, even under such difficult circumstances, victims resist criminal extortion in surprisingly different ways. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in violent localities in Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico, Moncada weaves together interviews, focus groups, and participatory drawing exercises to explain why victims pursue distinct strategies to resist criminal extortion. The analysis traces and compares processes that lead to individual acts of everyday resistance; sporadic killings by ad hoc groups of victims and police; institutionalized and sustained collective vigilantism; and coordinationbetween victims and states to co-produce order in ways that both strengthen and undermine the rule of law. This book offers valuable new insights into the broader politics of crime and the state.

19 October 2023, 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

About The Speakers

Eduardo Moncada

Eduardo Moncada


Award winning scholar of criminal extortion and the politics of victimization.

Alberto Vannucci

Alberto Vannucci

University of Pisa

Anna Sergi

Professor Anna Sergi

University of Essex

Professor at the University of Essex in the UK where she lectures on criminology, organised crime and crimes of globalisation.

Antonio Talia

Antonio Talia

Senior Reporter, Radio24-Il Sole24Ore

Reporter covering transnational organized crime for almost two decades, his book about the international span of the 'Ndrangheta "Statale 106" was published in French, German, Polish and Hungarian

Federico Varese

Federico Varese

Head of the Sociology Department, Professor of Criminology and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford