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For ither uises, see Mafia (disambiguation).

Mafia is a term uised tae describe certain faimily- or culturally-based organisit crime enterprises. The best kent o these, an the oreeginator o the term, is the Sicilian Mafia, a creeminal syndicate that emergit in the mid 19t century in Sicily, Italy. Accordin tae the classic definition, the Mafia is a creeminal organisation oreeginatin in Sicily.[1] The American Mafia arose frae Sicilians Mafia members immigratin tae the Unitit States durin the late nineteent century, follaein waves o Italian emigration. They carriet on the creeminal tradeetion an structur o their Sicilian coonterpairts, but evolvit intae a pan-Italian group.

Thare wur similar affshuits in Canadae amang Italian Canadians. The same haes been claimit o organisit creeme amang Italians in Australie.[2] Housomeivver, the term "mafia" haes become a generic term for ony structured organisit creeme group.

Creeminal organizations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Italy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ither kintras[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Lupo, The History of the Mafia, pp. 1-3
  2. Omerta in the Antipodes, Time, 31 January 1964.