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The Invisible CamorraNeapolitan Crime Families Across Europe$
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Felia Allum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702457

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702457.001.0001

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Local Motives, Global Choices

Local Motives, Global Choices

Chapter:
(p.16) 1 Local Motives, Global Choices
Source:
The Invisible Camorra
Author(s):

Felia Allum

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501702457.003.0002

This chapter examines the motives for Camorra mobility. Camorristi decide when to leave and where to go in a three-stage process: first, local push factors propel them to leave Naples, then two phases of global pull factors influence their choice of destination. Push factors are individual and personal, emanating from the local context: being wanted by the judiciary and the police, thus forcing “the escape,” and a fear of gang warfare and being murdered by a criminal rival. Pull factors are structural circumstances that influenced camorristi's exact choice of destination. Indeed, if a Camorra boss did move away from Naples and needed to spend time in a particular location, he would have specific motives for choosing his destination. Three global-structural factors were initially identified: familiar networks, profitable markets, and vulnerable law-enforcement regimes.

Keywords:   Camorra mobility, camorristi, local push factors, global pull factors, global-structural factors

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