Talis pater, talis filius: the role of discursive strategies, thematic narratives and ideology in Cosa Nostra

Salvatore Di Piazza, Giovanni A. Travaglino, Fabio Indìo Massimo Poppi

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Abstract

The discursive analysis of criminal organizations’ family dynamicsand ideological devices may provide important insights into theinner functioning of these groups. In this article, we describe andanalyze a specific set of discursive strategies and the thematicnarratives emerging from a TV interview with Giuseppe Riina, amember of Cosa Nostra and the son of one of the most importantmafia bosses. Our analyses demonstrate the existence of recurringideological devices such as reductionism, amoralism, familism,verticalism, normalism, victimism and religious relativism. Theresults are discussed in light of previous research that examineshow discursive strategies and narratives may represent powerfultools for understanding criminal organizations. Family-relateddiscourses, in particular, reveal meanings, values and ideas thatcontribute to constructing criminal organizations’ internalstructure, as well as their relationship with the external world.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Discourse Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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