Book launch: From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily

Theodoros Rakopoulos has done fieldwork on anti-mafia cooperatives that work on land that has been confiscated from the mafia in rural Sicily. His book is an ethnography of a mafia-influenced village and examines social relations in and around Sicilian Cooperatives.

Book cover and the author Theo Rakopoulos

Welcome to the launch of Theo Rakopoulos’s new book “From Clans to Co-ops: Confiscated Mafia Land in Sicily”.

About the book

“From Clans to Co-ops” explores the social, political, and economic relations that enable the constitution of cooperatives operating on land confiscated from mafiosi in Sicily, a project that the state hails as arguably the greatest symbolic victory over the mafia in Italian history.

The book’s ethnographic focus is on access to resources, divisions of labor, ideologies of community and food, and the material changes that cooperatives bring to people’s lives in terms of kinship, work and land management.

The book contributes to broader debates about cooperativism, how labor might be salvaged from market fundamentalism, and to emergent discourses about the ‘human’ economy.


Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor at the Social Anthropology Department at UiO, will chair the event, and open the discussion. The participants are:

Sharryn Kasmir, professor at Hofstra University.

Keith Hart, International Director of the Human Economy Programme.

Theo Rakopoulos, associate professor at the Social Anthropology Department, UiO.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A-session. 

The discussion will centre on the book's contributions on the anthropology of cooperatives, as well as that of labour, land management and moralities. It will also develop considerations about economic anthropology's current debates, and how the book's ethnographic premise contributes to those.

Light refreshments.

The event is open to all, no registration required. Welcome!

Published Aug. 23, 2018 11:29 AM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2019 12:37 PM