Thursday, 11th May 2017
Upper Room Town Hall

From Hong Kong to New York Mafias affect politics, finance, art and everyday life.
Federico Varese presents his latest book: his lifetime’s research into some of the world’s most secretive societies, answering the questions, What it is like to belong to the Mafia? How do you join? What happens to your family?
How do you succeed? How do you manage a Mafia? And what happens if you break the rules?
Federico Varese graduated from Bologna University, holds an M.Phil in Social and Political Theory from King’s College, Cambridge and D.Phil in Sociology from the University of Oxford where he is now Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute, a Research Associate of the Centre of Criminology, and a Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is currently working on the application of network analysis to criminal behaviour and the rescue of persecuted minorities during the Nazi occupation of Europe. He has published papers internationally in many journals and edits the journal Global Crime. His other books are The Russian Mafia (Ed Hewitt Prize 2002) and Mafias on the Move.

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