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A symbolic defeat? Exploring symbolism and failure in the social reuse of confiscated mafia real estate in Italy

Phillips, Amber



Italy’s pioneering anti-mafia legislation allows confiscated assets to be handed over to civil society groups. The ‘symbolic’ benefits of this approach are much lauded, but ill-defined. In the context of increasing global interest in the social reuse of assets, this article examines two case studies from the Calabria region to interrogate the symbolic impact of the social reuse of real estate, and addresses the potential impact when such projects fail.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2024
Journal University of Western Australia Law Review
Electronic ISSN 0042-0328
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Confiscation; Mafia; Social Reuse; Organised Crime; Financial Crime
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