Vincenzo Ruggiero obituary


My husband, Vincenzo Ruggiero, who has died aged 73, was an professional within the educational subject of vital criminology, a self-discipline that examines the genesis of crime and the character of justice, significantly in relation to class buildings.

He wrote 23 books on the topic, together with Crime in Literature (2003), which delved into the world of literature to attract hyperlinks between organised crime, medicine and political corruption.

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Understanding Political Violence: A Criminological Method, by Vincenzo Ruggiero (2006)

In 1998 he was seconded to the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime in Vienna, main groundbreaking analysis on organised crime and human trafficking, and in 2014 he gained the lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Criminology.

Vincenzo was born in Ferrara in northern Italy to Neapolitan dad and mom, Assunta (nee Capozzi) and Antonio, travelling salespeople who had migrated there in quest of work. All through his adolescence the household moved a variety of occasions from metropolis to metropolis, returning to Naples when he was 16.

After attending numerous secondary colleges Vincenzo went to Parma College, the place he studied English and French earlier than changing into a trainer of English in Bologna and Rome. Ultimately he settled in Turin, the place his instructing prolonged to night lessons for employees on the native Fiat manufacturing unit. It was in Turin that he additionally started to have his first books printed.

He and I met in 1988 when had been each on separate journeys to Barcelona; the next yr he offered his flat in Turin and moved to London, the place I lived, and we had been collectively thereafter, lastly formalising our union by way of a civil partnership in early 2024.

In London Vincenzo started lecturing in sociology at Middlesex College, later changing into a professor of sociology and director of social and criminological analysis, posts he held till his loss of life.

He’s survived by me, our daughter, Lucia, and his siblings, Maria, Luigi and Anna.


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