Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
SPS/08 - SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Language of instruction
Knowledge and understanding The course aims to give students the cognitive tools to understand the social, cultural and political dynamics that have marked the transition to reflective modernity. 2. More properly, the course aims to focus on how the most relevant changes related to the macro level (institutional level) are reflected in the biographies of individual life, interpersonal and gender relations and the interrelation between individual-society (macro level). Applying knowledge and understanding 1. At the end of the course of study the student will be able to use sociological knowledge (theories, paradigms of reference and empirical data) to design or coordinate educational services in socio-cultural contexts with high levels of complexity, 2. More properly, the student will be able to use sociological knowledge in the light of the most relevant processes of de-institutionalization and privatization of individual life biographies.
A) First part: After analyzing the concept of culture and its repercussions in sociological reflection, through the text of Charles Taylor we will deepen the dynamics that characterize the second modernity. Above all, the position of the subject within the social context and the relational, cultural and social changes to which he is subject.
- concept of culture
- introduction to globalization processes
- the moral order of modernity: rationality, ethics of responsibility
- modernity / post-modernity: the radicalization of processes
- the limits of a reading of modernity only as a development of the capitalist economy
B) Second part: the theme of reflective modernity will be addressed starting from the perspective of economism, privatism and the development of technologies in the field of reproduction.
- the new social imaginaries: the rediscovery of feelings, the ethics of self-realization
- changes in intimate and family relationships
- the commercialization of intimate life
- nature and technique: the risks of a liberal genetics
- the market for emotions
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Teaching methods: frontal lessons
Texts for the exam:
1. F.Crespi, Manuale di sociologia della cultura, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2003
2. C. Taylor, Il disagio della modernità, Laterza, Bari-Roma, 2018
3. H. Jonas, Tecnica, medicina ed etica, Einaudi, Torino, 1997
4. A. Russel Hochschild, Per amore o per denaro, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006
5. J. Habermas, Il futuro della natura umana. I rischi di una genetica liberale, Einaudi, Torino, 2010
Students can replace Habermas' text with one of the following texts:
- A. Giddens, La trasformazione dell’intimità, il Mulino, Bologna, 1995
- E.Cabanas e E.Illouz, Happycracy. Come la scienza della felicità controlla le nostre vite, Codice edizioni, Torino, 2019
- M.J. Sandel, Contro la perfezione, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2008
Assessment methods for students: Oral exam.