Edited By Paolo Terenzi and Elisabetta Carrà
Relational sociology is coming increasingly to the fore on the international academic stage. As it invariably happens in such circumstances, when a new paradigm attracts a growing number of scholars, researchers and practitioners, it is almost inevitably interpreted and identified in many different ways. This book aims to highlight the specific nature of relational sociology, disseminates knowledge about the relational approach which has been developed in Italy and in Europe starting from the work of Pierpaolo Donati, and confronts this approach with issues which are currently much debated in social theory, social research and social work. The authors try to consolidate the directions taken in the research field in order to distinguish relational sociology from other approaches which are not relational, or are only so to a certain degree.
Part I The Relational Gaze: Theoretical Studies
The Sociological Gaze: When, How and Why Is It Relational?
Interaction, Transaction and Relation. Ideas for a Closer Comparison of Emirbayer and Donati’s Relational Outlooks
The Sociology of Guy Bajoit: between a Relational Paradigm and Relational Individualism
Relational Aspects of the Third Sector Today
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