School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Stephen Bennetts

Honorary Research Associate

Member, UCL Australian ‘Ndrangheta Research Group: ucl.ac.uk/australian-ndrangheta


Main research interests:

· The Australian ‘Ndrangheta (Calabrian Mafia in Australia), anthropology of Southern Italy, contemporary revitalisation of Southern Italian popular folk tradition, anthropology of Carnival, traditional Aboriginal culture and its transformations in contemporary Australia, native title anthropology, applied anthropology, Aboriginal heritage protection regimes

Publications include:

Articles on the Southern Italian Mafias, Australian ‘Ndrangheta, Southern Italian folk revival and Australian Aboriginal heritage protection regimes.

  • ‘“Tradition & Contamination”: an Ethnography of the Southern Italian Folk Revival’ (forthcoming) Berghahn, Oxford.
  • ‘“Undesirable Italians”: Prolegomena for a History of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta in Australia’ (accepted for publication in Modern Italy journal of Italian Studies).
  • ‘An Analytical Toolkit for Exploring “Mafia Transplantation” to Australia’. ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime Newsletter (May) 12 (2) 7-8.
  • ‘“Berlusconi hasn’t arrived here yet”: the contemporary Italian Folk Revival as a response to Modernity’ in Pass, G & Woods, D (eds) (2004) Alchemies Community Exchanges, Black Swan Press, Perth pp 193-211 (refereed collection). Republished in Italian as ‘“Berlusconi non è ancora arrivato qua”: il Folk revival contemporaneo suditaliano come risposta alla modernità’: www.intrecciata.it/_getFile.php?idFile=7