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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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Functional Mobility

Functional Mobility

(p.40) 2 Functional Mobility
The Invisible Camorra

Felia Allum

Cornell University Press

This chapter details how the Camorra connect their territories, move between them, and make them highly interdependent. Mobility is based on locating resources and markets in order to help the clan survive, thrive, and prosper at home. This movement is called “functional mobility” because camorristi, once forced abroad, travel constantly between their different territories in pursuit of a commercial project, for which their foreign territories become paramount. They and their associates interlink local districts with new territories in a continuous two-way exchange, with people, resources, and money moving in both directions. This movement is mainly based on the identity, needs, and activities of the clan in Naples, but also on what camorristi can actually do. They use their existing skill sets, markets, and contacts to continue their criminal activities in local and global contexts; in sum, they adopt a functional approach.

Keywords:   Camorra, functional mobility, camorristi, foreign territories, criminal activities

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