The Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: What We Know and What We Still Cannot Explain

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The origin of the Sicilian mafia has been attributed to the demand of property rights enforcement in the markets of land, sulfur, citrus fruits and labor conflicts in 19th century Sicily. But what about the “supply”? How has the mafia developed and maintained its power of intimidation for 180 years? On September 19, Diego Gambetta, author of “The Sicilian Mafia: The Business of Private Protection” and “Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate,” will reflect on the as yet unsolved mysteries of this organization.
Please join us for this breakfast talk with Professor Gambetta, who is visiting NYU Law in the Fall of 2022 as a Hauser Distinguished Global Fellow and is the Carlo Alberto Chair in Social and Political Science, Collegio Carlo Alberto. The discussion will be moderated by Reiss Center Faculty Co-Director Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and co-author, most recently, of “The Light That Failed: A Reckoning.”
September 19, 2022
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Furman Hall
Room 120

This event is co-hosted by the Reiss Center on Law and Security and the Hauser Global Law School Program.


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