Social theory (2015/2016)

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Name of lecturer
Luca Mori
Luca Mori
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IB dal Nov 9, 2015 al Jan 17, 2016.

Lesson timetable

Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  
Friday 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at deepening some of the main theoretical developments of durkhemian sociology.


After a brief presentation of durkheimian lines of thought, the course will focus on two of the most original innovators of this theoretical tradition, i. e. Erving Goffman and Pierre Bourdieu. On one hand, drawing on Goffman, we will discuss the social processes of construction of individuality and those regarding the ritual order of social interaction. On the other hand, drawing on Bourdieu, we will take into consideration concepts such as those of habitus, fields, symbolic capital and symbolic violence.

Durkheim É. (1895/1996). Le regole del metodo sociologico. Sociologia e Filosofia, Roma: Edizioni di Comunità [SOLO pp. 23-57 e pp. 165-206].
Durkheim É. (1912/2005). Le forme elementari della vita religiosa. Roma: Meltemi [SOLO pp. 243-297].
Durkheim É. (1973). Lezioni di sociologia. Milano: Etas [SOLO pp. 91-100].
Goffman E. (1967/1988). Il rituale dell’interazione. Bologna: Il Mulino [SOLO pp. 7-122].
Bourdieu P. (1998). Meditazioni pascaliane. Milano: Feltrinelli [SOLO pp. 135-216].
Bourdieu (2002). Campo del potere e campo intellettuale. Roma: Manifestolibri [SOLO pp. 51-82].
Bourdieu, P. (1986). The forms of capital. In J. Richardson, (ed.) Handbook of Theory and Research for the Sociology of Education. New York: Greenwood.
Bourdieu P., Wacquant L. J. D. (1992). Risposte. Per un’antropologia riflessiva. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri [SOLO pp. 66-135].

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam