150 Works

El atuendo en el Florindo como portador de pensamientos

Tomasa Pastrana Santamarta
Fernando Basurto recrea en el Florindo el mundo del caballero renacentista haciendo hincapié en la importancia que en ese momento se concede a la palabra. En esta obra, la preponderancia del componente retórico llega hasta el vestido que, como si de un marco ornamental se tratara, sirve para manifestar el pensamiento y el sentir de su portador. Sólo en esta época, en que el dominio de las armas era tan importante como el de la...

Italian Sociological Review, Vol 1, No 1 (2011)

Personal Networks as Social Capital: a Research Strategy to Measure Contents and Forms of Social Support...1 Family values and domestic interiors. A material-culture experiment using multi-technique analysis...16 Change and social forms...25 The criminalization of immigration in Italy: extent of the phenomenon and possible interpretations...34 Narrative: in search of lost meaning...43 Contemporary studies about fertility changes: common trends or contextual variations?...50

Italian Sociological Review, Vol 1, No 2 (2011)

Diffused religion and civil society in Italy...1 Family, Personal Networks and Social Capital...11 The role of professional training in the valorisation of human capital...25 Reflections on the meaning of the book, beginning with its physicality: instrument or fetish?...38 Social Capital in Relational Approaches: Methodology and Results of Empirical Studies...47

Italian Sociological Review, Vol 3, No 2 (2013)

"Lesser Citizens”: Poverty and Social Exclusion among the Juvenile Italian and European Population...59 Alcohol-related problems and self-help groups: the situational construction of self-image...71 Families in Italy in the face of the crisis of ‘Mediterranean’ welfare...85 The most significant dispositions concerning participation of minors in decision-making processes regarding health matters: relevant legislation and Codes of Ethics...101 The study of representations in sociology: between multidisciplinarity, lines of continuity and differences...111 Basic Income: an open challenge between labour...

Women and Work in Italy: the Risk of Discouragement. With a Southern Italian Case Study.

Letizia Carrera
The difficult relationship between women and work in Italy appears disconcerting at national level and becomes really alarming at Southern Italy ones. We have chosen here to consider a particular phenomenon which, in Italy, is especially referred to women: «discouragement». This is the condition of some women who, after having looked for a job for long time and uselessly, at the end, decide to give up looking for it. Going beyond quantitative data, we have...

Scientific research and “third University mission”: what role for the University

Stefania Capogna
In recent years, in relation to socio-economic and legal-institutional changes, universities faced a significant internal change that contributed to deepen the crisis of the traditional teaching-learning structure. This change can be understood within the broader transition from modern society to post-modern society, characterized by a double recurrence: the paradigm change from a rational and linear vision to an unidirectional relationship between system and actor; the strategic weight held by information, in the “knowledge society”. In...

Brand faithfulness and economic crisis. Brand and quality are important but price counts for more

Debora Viviani
This essay aims to analyze the relationship between brand faithfulness and the economic crisis, assessing whether there have been changes in the way people follow brands caused by the difficulties consumers find themselves faced with today. More specifically, it will attempt to answer the following questions: over the threeyear period 2009-2011, - have brands maintained their importance as a factor when purchasing consumer goods? - have consumers stayed faithful to the brands they always purchased...

Economic crisis and well-being in Italy

Sandro Stanzani
Literature about the consequences of economic crisis on people’s well-being has highlighted some statistical connections. In particular, researchers agree on the fact that economic crises bring an increase in suicides, states of psychological depression, and abuse of alcohol along with them. This work deals with the issue of human impact of economic crisis, and, through a panel of data concerning Italian population, it searches for any possible connection with less critical but anyway significant phenomena,...

Worry about the economic situation of the family in Italy: input from surveys conducted by the Observatory on Family Consumption Strategies

Luigi Tronca
This paper addresses the issue of worry about the future economic situation of the family by analysing data collected in 2009, 2010 and 2011 from samples of individuals resident in Italy by the Osservatorio sulle Strategie di Consumo delle Famiglie (Observatory on Family Consumption Strategies). After providing a theoretical overview of the object of study, I will attempt to establish whether the number of subjects who are worried about their family’s future economic situation increased...

Identity, recognition and work in post-Fordist society: a path of indepth critical analysis

Lucia Bertell
From an approach to questions and theories of identity and recognition and through authors that have dealt with them over the last few decades using different political-philosophical perspectives, I have addressed the concept of recognition by focusing on the issue of work from the starting point of Axel Honneth. Self-realization at work and capitalist paradox are combined in a debate with Fraser’s perspectival dualism, continuing the dialogue between the two scholars on recognition and redistribution.

Personal Networks as Social Capital: a Research Strategy to Measure Contents and Forms of Social Support

Paola Di Nicola, Sandro Stanzani & Luigi Tronca
The basic idea of social capital consists of the belief that individuals’ lives can be qualitatively improved by social relationships, or rather by the social resources that these relationships manage to mobilize. So, personal networks can provide a kind of capital for individuals. This essay examines the characteristics of personal networks that mobilize social resources in a sample of 307 individuals, representative of the population of Verona (Italy). By using some structural indicators of social...

The criminalization of immigration in Italy: extent of the phenomenon and possible interpretations

Sergio Cecchi
This article investigates the relationship between immigration and crime inItaly. Although the number of crimes seems to be in constant decline, inItalythe social debate about the threat to law and order posed by immigrants still rages. While public initiatives to encourage the social integration of immigrants are practically nonexistent, policing of these groups has been redoubled leading to a rapid increase in incarceration rates. This article provides a critical interpretation of this process, seen as...

Narrative: in search of lost meaning

Cristina Lonardi
The de-institutionalization of biographies and life paths, and the fact that they are increasingly exposed to deviations with increasingly uncertain transient routes makes the personal biographies more and more reflexive and makes the identity of postmodern man more and more fragmented. In this way, narrating to oneself and narrating oneself to others is a way to recover at least some of the certainties lost in our liquid modernity. Narrative favours the construction or recomposition of...

Football: an introduction to a rite of rites

Antonio Iannaccone
We live in a society that is anything but devoid of rituals. We see it from football, a sporting phenomenon that impassions the whole world moving amid rituals of appearance and affiliation, warlike ones and ones of cohesion, and practices of exhibition and celebration. For around the gamel of football a total social fact has developed, able to go beyond the confines of simple fun to interweave with the seriousness of life and thus become...

Un nuevo proyecto de investigación sobre libros de caballerías portugueses

Aurelio Vargas Díaz-Toledo
En el presente trabajo damos a conocer un nuevo proyecto de investigación que tiene como principal objetivo elaborar una gran base de datos digital sobre la materia caballeresca portuguesa de los siglos XVI al XVIII. Para darnos cuenta de la importancia y necesidad de este trabajo, antes realizamos un panorama general de los principales proyectos que nos podemos encontrar hoy día en la red relacionados con el universo caballeresco, tanto en la Península Ibérica como...

Chivalry in the New World

Peter Burke
The romances of chivalry of the Middle Ages are still living in the popular literature of Latin America. After spreading in Renaissance Europe, the Spanish chivalric romance came to America, first in the territories conquered by the Spaniards, later in Brazil. Here, thanks to precise cultural conditions, its branches extend until the nineteenth century, when it also inspired popular rebellions, and reach Guimarães Rosa's novel and its contemporary cinema adaptations. We publish here a new,...

El Polendo de Pietro Lauro: un heredero italiano de Palmerín

Monica Bombardini
La Historia delle gloriose imprese di Polendo, figliuolo di Palmerino d’Oliva, e di Pompide figliuolo di don Duardo re d’Inghilterra (Venecia, 1566), escrita por Pietro Lauro, pertenece al ciclo italiano de Palmerín de Olivia y es una continuación los dos primeros libros del ciclo original español, Palmerín de Olivia y Primaleón. El libro de Pietro Lauro presenta algunos elementos novedosos en relación a la tradición del libro de caballerías, no sólo por lo que atañe...

The Sociology of sport actor: from Norbert Elias’ “de-controlled control of emotion” to Postmodern and Reflexice Sport Subcultures

Paolo Dell'Aquila
In this paper I analyze the concept of sport actor, focusing on modern sport practices. In the first part, I examine figurational sociology, to describe the civilizing process and the development of individual self-control. This theory appears similar to the “repressive hypothesis” of Foucault’ History of Sexuality. Elias, however, seems to discover a form of reflexivity going further than the old “modern” practice, and underlining the dialogical processes, through individual, personal, self construct of new...

The Sacred in Current Social Sciences Research

Nicola Righetti
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of existing scientific research and theoretical studies concerning the category of the sacred. The essay takes an interdisciplinary point of view and covers the literature published in the years between 2000 and 2013.This review is theoretically oriented by an approach to the sacred that conceives it as an immanent character of social life that is not constrained by the boundaries of religious institutions. In the...


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Regional Welfare Systems in Italy: a Cluster Analysis

Marco Carradore
The reforms of welfare systems, which happened in different countries, have generated more differences at the local authority, thus the improvement of welfare organization has followed specific development methods providing different services for the citizenship living in the same country. The welfare classification research at cross-national level have not considered the heterogeneity of national welfare system, as underlined by Bertin’s (2012b) research, based on an Italian case study, which identified that the Italian welfare system...

Elderly Women. Between Risks of Loneliness and Planning for the Future

Letizia Carrera
The Italian population, in line with what is happening in other Western countries, is becoming increasingly older and older. In addition to the proportion of older people, the significance of being elderly has substantially changed as it is no longer regarded as a mere residual step in adult life, but a real phase of opportunities and possibilities, though also of limitations and difficulties. It is precisely this sort of growing fluidity that this essay will...

Italian Sociological Review, Vol 5, No 3 (2015)

Migrant Sexualities: “Non-normative” Sexual Orientation between Country of Origin and Destination...383 The Complex Relationship Between Civil Society and Trust...273 University Services to the Students: Analysis of the Main Satisfaction Indices...293 Migrants’ Life Strategies and Opportunity Structures: Focus on post-Independence Ukrainian Labour Market...323 Vindicating Social Capital: its Conceptual Convenience...349 TV and Minors: the Reasons for Violence...371 Fairy Tales and Stepmothers: the Extended Families in a legal Perspective...399

Migrant Sexualities: “Non-normative” Sexual Orientation between Country of Origin and Destination

Giuseppe Masullo
The present paper is based upon a research on the experiences of foreign homosexuals in Italy, in particular males from the Maghrib, namely Morocco and Tunisia. The first part reviews the relevant literature, mainly queer migration studies theories, focusing on the plight of LGBT migrants in Western countries, in particular considering gender identities and non-normative sexual orientations as ground for migration. Avoiding any attempt at categorization and emphasizing the existence of multiple identities rooted in...

Vindicating Social Capital: its Conceptual Convenience

René Millán
The article sustains that the main conceptual contribution of social capital (SC) emerges from the important role that plays in collective action dilemma. If we understand this role, we get two conceptual advantages: on the one hand, it´s possible to introduce additional arguments to overcome the apparent inconvenience of holding cooperative interactions as prisoner´s dilemma shows. On the other hand, facing up SC´s criticisms, is feasible to argue that cooperation is a neutral dimension and...

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