Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

The Invisible Camorra: Neapolitan Crime Families across Europe awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2017

Thu Aug 10 16:03:00 BST 2017

Congratulations to Dr Felia Allum! The Invisible Camorra: Neapolitan Crime Families across Europe has been awarded the Outstanding Book Award 2017 by the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

Falia Allum

Dr Felia Allum


Dr Felia Allum is a Senior Lecturer in Italian and Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath. The committee judging the nominations said that the committee was impressed by Dr Allum’s rigorous research methods and the policy implications of her work. Upon winning the award, Dr Allum said that she was ‘shocked and honoured for her work to be recognised at an international level and by such a prestigious organisation.’ The awards ceremony will take place in Philadelphia in November 2017.

Extract from the Cornell University Press:

The organised crime group that dominates much of the socioeconomic life of contemporary Naples, the Camorra, is organized by kin and geography, and it is notoriously the most violent, fractious, and disorganized mafia in Italy. Felia Allum has been researching the Camorra for twenty years, and in The Invisible Camorra she reveals a surprising alteration in Camorra behaviour when operatives live outside the Neapolitan base. Allum has constructed a meticulous description and analysis of Camorra activities abroad. The result is the first systematic analysis of the overseas activities of this major criminal organisation.

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