Sociology of Symbolic Systems (2015/2016)

Course code
4S00817
Name of lecturer
Paola Di Nicola
Coordinator
Paola Di Nicola
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. IA, Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  

Learning outcomes

The course aims to focus on the profound changes that have affected the society in the reflexive modernity. These economic, political and cultural changes have an impact not only on the society as a whole, but especially on the biographies of individual life. Politicization of the economy, decline of the Fordism, weakening of the nation-states borders and multiculturalism are macro level processes which generate, at the micro level, a profound redefinition of the relationship individual-society and the processes of identity construction. Individualization , de-institutionalization and the pluralization of cultural systems give rise to new social configurations, in which become central the network of relationships and the dynamics of the construction of the personal network .

Syllabus

Course programme:
A) First part: in the first part of the course, the topic of political, cultural and economic changes will be deepened from the text of A. Giddens, which highlights how the current dynamics of modernity, in particular the processes of disaggregation of social systems, impact on the concept of trust, risk and security. New social configurations (reflexive modernity) are shaping nowadays and they find in the relational approach and in the network paradigm a new way of analysis and interpretation.

B) Second part: the second part of the course will address the issue of reflexive modernity from some specific perspectives: how the job market changes affect the the mechanisms of social and systemic integration; the problem of respect in an increasingly multicultural society; how the dynamics freedom-security, belonging and individualization influence the mechanisms of 'reflexive' identities construction; how to connect the concept of space and time in the global society.

Testi per l’esame (frequentanti):
Parte generale
1. A. Giddens, Le conseguenze della modernità, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1994
2. P. Di Nicola, La rete metafora dell’appartenenza. Analisi strutturale e paradigma di rete, nuova edizione aggiornata, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2015

Parte monografica
3. U. Beck, Il lavoro nell’epoca della fine del lavoro. Tramonto dell’intersoggettività, sicurezza e nuovo impegno civico, Einaudi, Torino, 2000
4. P. Di Nicola, Amichevolmente parlando. La costruzione di relazioni sociali in un’epoca di legami deboli, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2002
5. J. Habermas, C. Taylor, Multiculturalismo. Lotte per il riconoscimento, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2007
6. M. Rampazi, Un posto da abitare. Dalla casa della tradizione all’incertezza dello spazio tempo globale, Led, Milano, 2014


Programma per non frequentanti

Gli studenti non frequentanti aggiungono al programma uno (per una sola parte: 4 cfu) o due (per il corso completo: 9 cfu) dei seguenti testi:
R. Castel, L’insicurezza sociale, che significa essere protetti?, Einaudi, Torino, 2004
A. Honneth, Lotte per il riconoscimento, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 2002
S. Moller Okin, Le donne e la giustizia. La famiglia come problema politico, Dedalo, Bari, 1999
M. Sandel, Giustizia. Il nostro bene comune, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2010
R. Sennett, Il rispetto. La dignità umana in un mondo di diseguali, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2004

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2015/2016