Codes of Commitment to Crime and Resistance: Determining Social and Cultural Factors over the Behaviors of Italian Mafia Women

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Cayli, Baris 2014. Codes of Commitment to Crime and Resistance: Determining Social and Cultural Factors over the Behaviors of Italian Mafia Women. Deviant Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2014.977206
AuthorsCayli, Baris
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This article categorizes thirty-three women in four main Italian Mafia groups and explores social and cultural behaviors of these women. This study introduces the feminist theory of belief and action. The theoretical inquiry investigates the sometimes conflicting behaviors of women when they are subject to systematic oppression. I argue that there is a cultural polarization among the categorized sub-groups. Conservative radicals give their support to the Mafia while defectors and rebels resist the Mafia. After testing the theory, I assert that emancipation of women depends on the strength of their beliefs to perform actions against the Mafiosi culture.

Keywordsmafia women; Crime; deviance; Behaviour
Year2014
JournalDeviant Behavior
ISSN0163-9625
1521-0456
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2014.977206
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/607740
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Publication dates18 Nov 2014
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Accepted26 Aug 2014
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