Resistance against the Mafia: A Civic Struggle to Defy an Uncontestable Power

Cayli Messina, Baris (2012) Resistance against the Mafia: A Civic Struggle to Defy an Uncontestable Power. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 21 (1). pp. 103-125. ISSN 1755-2923

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This study is based on participant observation of a protest against the Mafia that occurred in Rome on 26 September 2009. First, this essay offers an analysis by using symbols and their meanings, which are illustrated through the ‘pyra- mid of social protest’. Second, the framing and process of the protest are analysed. Two new concepts are presented: the culture of lawfulness frame and the implicit contested process. Third, this essay shows that defying the Mafia be- gins with individual motivation but ends with the collective motivation behind the decision to be an activist. This de- cision includes ethically oriented reasons rather than being based on a materialistically calculated reasoning. Finally, the struggle of anti-Mafia movement illuminates cultural anthro- pology through its desire for a progressive society in which strong symbolic interactionism among the activists play an important role.

Keywords:Crime, mafia, anti-Mafia movement, cultural anthropology, Italy, social movement
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:49794
Deposited On:13 Jun 2022 14:16

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