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The Relational Gaze on a Changing Society


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.

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Giulia Avancini, Ph.D., is a social worker and member of University Centre for Relational Social Work, Catholic University of Milan, Catholic University of Milan (Italy). Her research interests are participatory research approach, gerontological social work, elderly people, dementia and caregiving.

Pierpaolo Bellini, lecturer of sociology of cultural processes at the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Department of the Università del Molise. Among his main research subjects are identity processes and artistic communication.

Lucia Boccacin, Ph.D., is Full Professor of Cultural Sociology at the Department of Sociology, in the Faculty of Education, Catholic University of Milan (Italy). Chair of National Scientific Qualification in Sociology of the Cultural and Communicative Processes, Scientific Sector 14/C2, year 2016–2018. Her investigations focus on third sector, partnership models among the third sector and other social macro-players, social policies and social services, family and intergenerational relations.

Maria Letizia Bosoni, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology (Faculty of Education), Catholic University of Milan (Italy). She is a member of the Family Studies and Research University Centre (Catholic University of Milan) and of the Oxford Network of European Fatherhood Researchers (ONEFaR).

Donatella Bramanti is Full Professor of Sociology of the Family and Member of the Executive Board of Family Studies and Research University Centre, Catholic University of Milan (Italy). She is Member of the ESA (European Sociological Association) of Research Network 13 “Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives”. She carried out extensive and documented research...

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