Skip navigation

Tag Archives: the mafia and organized crime


The mafia and organized crime have contributed  to the social mobility of different poor and working class immigrants who came to America searching for a better life

The criminal’s guide to upward mobility.



In 1964, the anthropologist Francis Ianni was introduced to a man in a congressional waiting room. His name was Philip Alcamo. People called him Uncle Phil, and he was, in the words of the person who made the introduction, “a business leader from New York City and an outstanding Italian-American.” Uncle Phil was in his early sixties, twenty years older than Ianni.


He was wealthy and charming and told Runyonesque stories about the many characters he knew from the old neighborhood, in Brooklyn. The two became friends. “He spoke the lobbyist’s language, but with a genial disdain for Washington manners and morals,” Ianni later wrote.

read rest

The New Yorker