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Talis pater, talis filius: the role of discursive strategies, thematic narratives and ideology in Cosa Nostra

Poppi, Fabio I. M., Travaglino, Giovanni A., Di Piazza, S (2018) Talis pater, talis filius: the role of discursive strategies, thematic narratives and ideology in Cosa Nostra. Critical Discourse Studies, 15 (5). pp. 540-560. ISSN 1740-5904. E-ISSN 1740-5912. (doi:10.1080/17405904.2018.1477685) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83887)

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Abstract

The discursive analysis of criminal organizations’ family dynamics and ideological devices may provide important insights into the inner functioning of these groups. In this article, we describe and analyze a specific set of discursive strategies and the thematic narratives emerging from a TV interview with Giuseppe Riina, a member of Cosa Nostra and the son of one of the most important mafia bosses. Our analyses demonstrate the existence of recurring ideological devices such as reductionism, amoralism, familism, verticalism, normalism, victimism and religious relativism. The results are discussed in light of previous research that examines how discursive strategies and narratives may represent powerful tools for understanding criminal organizations. Family-related discourses, in particular, reveal meanings, values and ideas that contribute to constructing criminal organizations’ internal structure, as well as their relationship with the external world.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17405904.2018.1477685
Uncontrolled keywords: Cosa Nostra, discursive strategies, family discourse, ideology, mafia discourse, narratives
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Giovanni Travaglino
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 17:29 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83887 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Travaglino, Giovanni A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4091-0634
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