The Sicilian Mafia: transformation to a global evil

Deborah Puccio-Den
2008 Etnográfica: Revista do Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia  
The text is a facsimile of the print edition. © CRIA etnográfica  novembro de 2008  12 (2): 377-386 The Sicilian Mafia: transformation to a global evil Deborah Puccio-Den The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which social perceptions of the Mafia have shifted over time. Initially considered as a Sicilian way of being, as an attitude, the Sicilian Mafia was subsequently viewed as a universal, global, and even religious form of Evil, to be fought in a war in which texts and images
more » ... ch texts and images were weapons and judicial institutions constituted the battlefield. I will also explore how local powers institutionalised an "anti-Mafia religion", using as a case-study the Festival of Santa Rosalia in Palermo. In this context, I will discuss the emergence of a new, anti-Mafia iconography and the use of a specific literary genre, that of political hagiography.
doi:10.4000/etnografica.1763 fatcat:2d7jsweu75edfmzhbu3vlsuzjm