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By Joseph L. Albini

What's prepared crime? there were many solutions over the many years from students, governments, the media, popular culture and criminals themselves. those solutions cumulatively created a "Mafia Mystique" that ruled discourse until eventually after the chilly struggle, whilst transnational geared up crime emerged as a mentioned, if nebulous, probability to worldwide safeguard and balance. The authors concentration either at the American adventure that ruled prepared crime scholarship within the moment half the 20 th century and at the more moderen worldwide scene. Case experiences exhibit that equipped crime is healthier understood now not as a sequence of well-known gangsters and occasions yet as a constitution of lifestyle shaped by means of a number of political, social, monetary and anthropological variables.

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Thanks to the emergence of television and *The word mafia is not capitalized here as it does not refer to a specific organization. S. Congressional committees, it is capitalized as Mafia when used to denote a specific criminal organization. 23 DECONSTRUCTING ORGANIZED CRIME presumptive presidential candidate Senator Kefauver, the Mafia became that diversion. According to historian William Howard Moore (1974), the hearings created another diversion, this one a bit more politically partisan in nature.

These groups, although they practiced secrecy, were basically organized as gangs. The Fratellanza and the Stoppaglieri, for example, were organized in groups of ten, with each group being led by a capo-decime (head of the ten) with all the groups being under the leadership of a capo-testa (the head) who had liaisons with the heads of the gangs in other localities. Upon being initiated, the new member had to pay an initiation fee and each month thereafter was required to pay a given stipend to his the leader of his group.

The gabellotto was now able to extend, for a price, the service of his protection to those farmers who were not part of his latifondo. These farmers knew his protection was needed and accepted it and paid for it despite the irony that the person that they were protecting themselves from was the gabellotto himself. And so, the gabellotto, toward whom fate had been so kind as to have turned him into a patron, now came to use that very patronage system to enslave those toward whom fate had not been so kind.

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