Forms of disorder in peripheral districts - The first results of a research study in progress and the perspective suggested by the articles published here, allow us to reflect on the ‘forms of disorder’ in the outer urban districts of towns and cities in southern Italy affected by the presence of organised crime. The relationship between mafias and communities is revisited here from the specific viewpoint of urban planning and regulation. The objective is to expose the ‘caricature of the social pact’ present in the criminal order, to use Magatti’s insightful expression and to re-establish the ‘disappointed relations with citizens’, as suggested more generally by Castel. It is not a banal combination if it reaffirms the credibility of the authorities as a prerequisite and fair distribution in access to resources and information as a practice. This would constitute the hard core of a specific urban planning policy to fight organised crime.