Accepted Paper:

Sicilian Mafia: from local system to global Evil  
Deborah Puccio-Den (CNRS-EHESS)

Paper short abstract:

The social consequences of the religious definition of political criminals will be examined in the context of the transformation of the fight against mafia in a paradigmatic war against Evil. The institutionalisation of the status of 'martyr of the Justice' for murdered judges will be described.

Paper long abstract:

The Organised Crime Network is one of the aspects of a World going global. Their interconnection gives it a more and more global dimension. Sicilian Mafia proves it. Its unitary structure appears to Judge Giovanni Falcone at the beginning of 1980's, following Mafiosi Repentant confessions - most of which Tommaso Buscetta come from. The construction of a new theoretic model, fit to catch the systemic nature of mafia association, goes with the deployment of a repressive system, police and judicial, organised like an international and intercontinental frame. The Maxi-processo (1984) is the fruit of this enterprise of repression and knowledge at the same time. That enormous criminal trial, which showed Mafiosi's repentance, also develops the figure of "Man of Honour" like a "Barbarian", an "Enemy of humans beings", a "Antichrist". The social consequences of the religious definition of political criminals will be examined in the context of the transformation of the fight against mafia - firstly localised and limited to Sicily - in a paradigmatic war between Good and Evil.

Panel W031
New perspectives on 'European' Christianity