• Analyzing the Role of Women in Italian Mafias: the Case of the Neapolitan Camorra

    Author(s):
    Felia Allum (see profile) , Irene Marchi
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Area studies, Crime and punishment, Gender, Sociology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Italian Mafias, Neapolitan, Neapolitan Camorra, Organised crime
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6S756J83
    Abstract:
    Abstract Over the last twenty-five years, there has been a growing debate about the role of women in Italian Mafias. Using a qualitative approach, this article looks at the leadership roles of women in the Neapolitan Camorra covering the period 2000–2014. It argues that despite women’s high-ranking positions within mafia clans, their professional development is best explained not as a sign of Bfemale emancipation^ of Italian or Camorra women but rather as functional exploitation by the clan when resources are limited in times of crisis. Thus, conceptualizing Camorra women as a Breserve army^ can be a more useful analytical framework to explain the leadership positions of the women who come to occupy relevant positions in the traditionally men-dominated Camorra clans.
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