La “giusta distanza”: questioni metodologiche e regole dell’interazione nel récit de vie di un collaboratore di giustizia

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The essay analyses certain methodological issues about the use of life stories and biographic narrations in contexts where researchers deal with mafia organised crime. Starting from the depositions of men and women belonging to the world of Cosa Nostra (acquired during a wide time range), the paper focuses on a complex study experience: Gaspare Spatuzza’s recounting of his own life story, during numerous sessions that took place during the period of time from October 2012 to October 2013, while he was in jail in a safe locality. In this analytical scenario, the question arises about how to place the “topic” mafias inside “symbolic spaces”, on which the epistemology of narration is founded. A narration that questions (from a methodological perspective) the sense of narration itself, finding an anchor in “combinatory logics”.The difficulty in its positioning, the contaminated dimension of narration, the “performative muddle” generated by meeting in a border zone are the core of the analysis. It is exactly the intricate ambiguity of the individuals who move inside mafias geographies that seems to ask the researcher for the setting-up of analytical categories, observational methods and criteria to define the “truth”, which meet “epistemic opacities” instead of solid truths.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationTestimonianze e testimoni nella storia del tempo presente
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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