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Rome, Italy

The Mafia in Modern Italy

Global Temple Conference

Course Number: 
2319
Subject: 
History
Semester(s) Offered: 
Fall 2022
Spring 2023
Spring 2022
Credit Hours: 
3
Description: 

Organized crime emerged in modern Italy at the same time as the 19th century process of unification, and it remains a topic of heated debate and controversy in Italy today. In this course, we will trace the history of organized crime as a portal to underlying issues at the heart of the modern Italian nation: the relationship between state and society; tensions between national and regional identities; gender, work, and the family; party politics and the rise of fascism. Our study of the history of the mafia also necessitates a study of the history of anti-mafia movements in Italy. Who claims to represent the interests of the Italian nation and why? What is the image of organized crime in Italy today?

Cross-listings: 

In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Criminal Justice 3000, Geography and Urban Studies 4000, and Sociology 3230.