Women of Honor

Women of Honor

Madonnas, Godmothers and Informers in the Italian Mafia

Book - 2017
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The role of women in the Italian mafias has long been overlooked. So who are they? Pure and virtuous Madonnas or dangerous Godmothers? Reduced to victim status and relegated to domestic life, women serve as the mafia's respectable facade: virtuous and docile. But, as Milka Kahn and Anne Veron reveal in this absorbing book, women have always been at the heart of Italy's criminal organisations. While the men are behind bars or on the run, it is left to their wives and mothers to uphold and pass on the 'family values'. Once widowed, some push their sons to vendetta; others become mafia chiefs in their own right. Yet many also decide to risk their lives, collaborating with the authorities and renouncing mafia society in search of normality. Through first-hand accounts of submission, complicity and revolt, Women of Honour paints a complex and fascinating portrait of the women in Italy's mafias who have overcome a culture of silence to share their extraordinary stories.-- Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: London : C. Hurst & Company, 2017.
Edition: English language edition.
ISBN: 9781849048064
Characteristics: 213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 13, 2018

This wasn't the psycho-social analysis I wanted when I picked this book off the shelf. The title is certainly intriguing and led me to believe the book would dig deep into the machinations of the Mafia and how even the women are indispensable cogs. Nope. Just stories of female "emancipation." Insert eye roll.

The story of Giusy Pesce and Lea Garofalo stood out.

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