Un mondo in frantumi

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[automatically translated] Studies of women's roles in the mafia as yet not ponderous from a quantitative point of view and despite their recent origins - dating from the mid-80s of the '900 - they have recently enriched with valuable works, which have had the merit of to focus on some key issues, dispelling the golf many ambiguities and opening up fruitful prospects for further study. In recent years the mafia female population has been hit by major changes, both with regard to women's participation in criminal activities, either with regard to the broader context that sees them engaged in different daily activities, inside and outside the family of belonging. These profound changes - and therefore reflection of the female roles changes in Italian society - is witnessed by the numerous fracture situations, sometimes tragic events they see as their protagonists the mafia women, caught between mutated facto roles, but not formally or publicly recognized. The paper analyzes in particular the change of women's roles in the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, a criminal organization founded on kinship relations and the frequent overlap between blood family and crime family. The centrality of the family - a meeting place of the affections and of Mafia business - amplifies the importance of the female figures, whose role is, however, characterized by ambiguity and confusion, enveloped in an almost "an inextricable web" of feelings and emotions. Loom, therefore, more pronounced roles for women of the 'Ndrangheta. Certainly more visible, in response to changes in society. Often, however, their greater presence and visibility in the criminal context, does not coincide with the formal recognition of their role and with the output from a formal condition of subordination to men postere. It is, in fact, an ambiguous participation, as domestic violence does not leave a space to the expression of female subjectivity, forced to take refuge within the pseudo-modern woman images that conceal a power imbalance and a practice still almost unchanged coercion . their greater presence and visibility in the criminal context, does not coincide with the formal recognition of their role and with the output from a formal condition of subordination to men postere. It is, in fact, an ambiguous participation, as domestic violence does not leave a space to the expression of female subjectivity, forced to take refuge within the pseudo-modern woman images that conceal a power imbalance and a practice still almost unchanged coercion . their greater presence and visibility in the criminal context, does not coincide with the formal recognition of their role and with the output from a formal condition of subordination to men postere. It is, in fact, an ambiguous participation, as domestic violence does not leave a space to the expression of female subjectivity, forced to take refuge within the pseudo-modern woman images that conceal a power imbalance and a practice still almost unchanged coercion .
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalNARCOMAFIE
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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