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From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily

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From Clans to Co-ops

Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily

Theodoros Rakopoulos

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the University of Bergen.

240 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-400-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2017)

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“Erudite and readable, scholarly and passionate, this stunning ethnography reveals how the Sicilian anti-mafia movement shares with the mafia deep-seated social bonds no less significant than the mutual enmity that divides and defines them.  Focusing on the anti-mafia’s cooperative movement, which credits itself with the relative peace that Sicily now enjoys, Rakopoulos whisks from the mists of sinister secrecy a detailed and riveting portrait of the pas de deuxof social complicity and ethical engagement that has enabled this new configuration to emerge within the ethos of modern capitalism.” · Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

“This theoretically-sophisticated ethnography will not only change popular images of Sicily, it will also provide hope for those struggling to find new ways of organizing life in today’s troubled world. A seminal contribution to human economy.” · Chris Gregory, ANU College of Arts and Social Science

“Based on sensitive fieldwork and thorough ethnographic research, this is a marvelous account of the anti-mafia co-op project in Palermo, Sicily, which aims to transform landholdings previously owned by mafia families into functioning anti-mafia cooperatives. From Clans to Co-ops not only takes readers inside the dynamics of these producer cooperatives, but also usefully reviews cooperatives from other places and other times.” · Peter Schneider, Fordham University


From Clans to Co-ops explores the social, political, and economic relations that enable the constitution of cooperatives operating on land confiscated from mafiosi in Sicily, a project that the state hails as arguably the greatest symbolic victory over the mafia in Italian history. Rakopoulos’s ethnographic focus is on access to resources, divisions of labor, ideologies of community and food, and the material changes that cooperatives bring to people’s lives in terms of kinship, work and land management. The book contributes to broader debates about cooperativism, how labor might be salvaged from market fundamentalism, and to emergent discourses about the ‘human’ economy.

Theodoros Rakopoulos is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bergen. He will be Associate Professor at the Social Anthropology Department, University of Oslo, from February 2017.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology Food & Nutrition
Area: Southern Europe

From Clans to Co-ops by Theodoros Rakopoulos is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the University of Bergen.

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OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-606-5


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