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Cultural Warfare and Trust: Fighting the Mafia in Palermo
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2008 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The project relates to a central question in the research on democratic processes, i.e. the question about how to stimulate and support the development of social capital. The project is relevant for research on corruption and crime prevention, as it focus on how trust between citizens and trust towards the state and its institutions could be stimulated, supported or maintained through public institutions on a grass-root level. The existence of trust and confidence in a society could be decisive for economic development, an effective democracy and the prevention of crime.

The book focuses on the Antimafia programme in public schools at lower secondary level (scuola media) in some of Palermo’s most mafia dominated areas. Egoism, suspicion and distrust of others, strong attachment to the family, instrumental view on friendship, and a strong belief in honour, fatalism and pessimism are said to be some dominant characteristics of Sicilian culture. The school programme aims at changing these values and promoting the growth of a civic conscience and respect for the law.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Manchester: Manchester University Press , 2008, 1. , 246 p.
Keyword [en]
social capital, civic education, institutions, panel study, antimafia, Italy
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100087ISBN: 9780719076725OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100087DiVA: diva2:209421
Available from: 2009-03-24 Created: 2009-03-24 Last updated: 2015-12-17

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