Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, by Antonio Nicaso,Marcel Danesi

By Antonio Nicaso,Marcel Danesi

The novel The Godfather (1969) and the motion picture of an analogous identify (1972) entrenched the parable of the Mafiosi as valiant knights, males of honor, and defenders of the conventional idea of kinfolk. due to this motion picture and different well known portrayals, similar to mobsters as “men of honor and culture” has develop into iconic all through the US. but the reality of the problem belies this extra noble picture. The Mafia is a ruthless association. Their inspiration of relations is a twisted one. yet considered throughout the lens of pop culture, it's always tricky to split the fiction from the truth. Made Men demystifies this photo by means of dismantling the code of honor that Mafiosi stay through, together with its attendant symbols, rituals, and the life-style that it demands.

Since the tip of global struggle II, the Mafia in Italy and the US has gone through significant adjustments, that are charted by way of the authors throughout the trendy. Nicaso and Danesi additionally contemplate every kind of similar organisations, not just the Italian ones, together with the Yakuza, the Triads, and the Russian Mafia. The authors examine equipped legal tradition often, trying to clarify why its symbols, rituals, and practices proceed to attract humans in, either as literal contributors, or as shoppers of the popular culture that glorifies them. This tale lines and decodes the origins, heritage and luck of the mafia within the united states, bringing a greater, and extra actual realizing of this eventually brutal, violent, and corrupting “family business.” it's a tale that has hardly ever been advised during this method, yet that's believed, still, vital to tell.

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