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Being Mafia Children: An Empirical Transgenerational Research

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  • Giunta Serena

    (Docente Cattedra “Analisi dei fenomeni devianti”, LUMSA, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Roma, Italy)

  • Mannino Giuseppe

    (Coordinatore Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Programmazione e Gestione delle Politiche e dei Servizi Sociali, LUMSA, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Roma, Italy)

  • Bizzarri Cinzia

    (Interna Cattedra “Analisi dei fenomeni devianti”, LUMSA, Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Roma, Italy)

  • La Fiura Giuliana

    (Interna Cattedra “Analisi dei fenomeni devianti”, LUMSA, Libera Università Maria santissima assunta, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Roma, Italy)

Abstract

Our empirical study aims at understanding and analyzing whether and how the way in which the “sons of Mafia” consider their own family and the society in general has changed over time. The psychological study is based on a sample of 11 subjects all sons of the Mafia men divided according to a generational variable, i.e. these two ranges of age: 17-28 and 39-62. The data obtained from the interviews were analyzed using the Grounded Theory method. From the comparison these elements emerged: first of all, the subjects have a distinct perception of these three different areas: - family, and especially the bond with their fathers; - society, represented mainly by the relationship with peers; - Mafia, specifically in relation to the value codes of this criminal organization. The analysis of these areas has allowed us to give a cross-reading of the Mafia phenomenon outlining the differences in the way in which the present generations and the past ones live and perceive it.

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  • Giunta Serena & Mannino Giuseppe & Bizzarri Cinzia & La Fiura Giuliana, 2018. "Being Mafia Children: An Empirical Transgenerational Research," Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Sciendo, vol. 9(1), pages 191-202, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:mjsosc:v:9:y:2018:i:1:p:191-202:n:18
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    Sons; Mafia; Psichology; empirical study; values;

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