Structures, Political Cultures and Social Practices
Informality and the Question of Modernization: the Case of Georgia
Two Types of Informality
“Informality” generally refers to those processes that are not regulated by clearly instituted, written legal rules. This general understanding of informality can be broken down into two distinct meanings, which allow us to differentiate between two kinds of informality.
Informality I is the phenomenon that precedes every formalization and formality as such. In the language of systems theoretical sociology, it can be considered as a form of the first type of social system – interaction (Kieserling, 1999), occurring outside any organizational context. It can be considered as the most basic form of regulating human contact, preceding every other (Misztal, 2000).
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