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The Art of Making Do in Naples$
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Jason Pine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816636310

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816636310.001.0001

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Where There’s Money, There’s the Camorra

Where There’s Money, There’s the Camorra

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The Art of Making Do in Naples

Jason Pine

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the implications of the saying, “Where there’s money, there’s the camorra.” The sentence is less a statement of fact than it is a nebulous observation concerning the states of entrepreneurial and social exchanges alike. Local conditions have perpetuated the camorra’s lingering presence within the public consciousness, as the camorra’s dealings have indeed permeated many such ventures done in the act of performing the art of making do (l’arte di arrangiarsi). The camorra have begun to develop business relationships with the people performing arrangiarsi through various methods. They have precipitated certain affective-aesthetic effects within the environment—through such accounts as folklore, police records, and so on—illustrating public feelings about organized crime and how these feelings have come to create and permeate certain atmospheres, cultural forms, institutions, and even constitutions.

Keywords:   camorra, l’arte di arrangiarsi, making do, affective-aesthetic effects, business relationships, organized crime

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