MAFIA: TATTOOS AND BEARDS, THE NEW LOOK OF THE CLAN: “THEY SEEK VIOLENCE ALSO AESTHETICS”

Sociologist Anna Maria Zaccaria: “In those contaminated images of different models that have a common thread, the crime”

1 The full beard in the style of Islamic fundamentalists, the body full of tattoos as members of the gang of Latinos. On their skin, the name of the boss Antonio Genidoni and the nickname of the half-brother of these, “Ciro’ or the Spanish,” that is Ciro Esposito, who was killed in an ambush on January 7, 2015. There would also be the word Love, but the L is depicted as a gun and O as a hand grenade.

On the shoulders, the acronym ACAB, that of the more extreme ultras. There is a whole world, pictured by Raffaele Cepparulo, not yet 25 years old, one of the victims of the shooting jumpers. And it is the world of a generation that seems to recognize primarily, if not exclusively, in the values of the violence, from wherever they come. “The interesting thing – thinks Anna Maria Zaccaria, lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology of the Federico II in Naples – it seems to me that we might call an emulation contaminant of different models, but all linked by a single thread: the violence, in fact. In addition many of the symbols chosen from these guys refer to the names and figures of the chief of clans”.

Not only in the case of Cepparulo, but also for the groups of tattoos “Bodo” and “Fravulella”. “This choice – says the Neapolitan sociologist – suggests a desire to emulate, to a form of identification and the project to undertake a criminal career. But it could also be read as the search for an identity of other, that these young people clearly do not have, to which they accord aesthetic content, but also practical, that refer to the use of violence “.

2Looking at these photographs, reminded of the bitter remarks of the prosecutor Henry John Woodcock, who speaking at a conference at the University, he had warned that the pattern of these young “seems more that of modern terrorists old Camorra” (Camorra is the name of Mafia in Naples). It’s the real harm to fascinate them, not what you see on television at the cinema. He had remembered the magistrate, the episode of the young record that Carnival had masked as Emanuele Sibillo, another young victim of a shootout in the heart of Naples. Actually even that, nothing but fiction.

“No doubt – says Professor Zaccaria – witnessing dangerous processes of identification, in this case accompanied by further contamination: that long beard that suffers no doubt influence the media generated by the terrorist attacks. We record then – continues the university professor – an alarming association of violence for different uses. it is an end to violence itself, condensed in these images that recall both figures also territorializing power, therefore recognizable in people, both figures that recall cultural factors, just like the long beard identification of even a religious culture”.

4But there is also another side to the picture that affects the sociologist: “There are not only symbols of violence, but also an underwear signed Armani. It is a model that refers to the possibility of a virtuous consumerism, however, connected to a power conquered with oppression. “The figure that Professor Zaccaria clear from the stories told by the news is “a group of guys who are building a model from the ideal content certainly anything but ethical, but which have meaning for them. With each passing day – underlines the university professor – it becomes more difficult to recover them. The problem is, if anything, try to stop the drift that can lead to emulation phenomena and reproduction of these models. But to do it – she said – we must act on several fronts, starting with the education and deploy field all the forces. the media also need to pay close attention. But even in this case – concludes Professor Zaccaria – is important to work on prevention rather than cure. “

6Cepparulo was probably the target of the attack. Another boy of this city crushed by the spiral of crime. 25 years old Alessandro Riccio, believed linked to Sibillo-Amirante Brunetti-clan, the so-called “fishing boat of the children” of Naples’ historic center. The Court of Assizes sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder of Massimiliano Di Franco, killed February 27, 2014 in via Porta San Gennaro, accepting the demands of pm Woodcock and Francesco De Falco. The victim, after serving a sentence, had decided to close with the past. He had moved in Marghera to work, but once back in Naples had asked him to return within; Riccio knew since he was a kid and had not given weight to the threats of the young. So at least his widow said Di Franco. Heard as a witness at the trial, the woman said he had asked her husband, soon after the ambush, he had been right to shoot Alessandro. “He nodded with his head,” he added. His courageous statements have proved decisive. In these streets wounds from crime, there are still those who are not resigned to violence.

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