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Sociologies of Formality and Informality


Edited By Adriana Mica, Jan Winczorek and Rafał Wiśniewski

The way sociology frames the relation between formality and informality is not only complex and multifaceted, but has also evolved over time. This volume offers contributions by international authors that illustrate distinct types of theoretical framings and present various sites of inquiry. It proposes a typology comprising: the sociology of informally embedded formality, the sociology of formally embedded informality, the sociology of the interaction between formality and informality and the sociology of the emergence and transformation of formality and informality.
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Some of the edited papers in this volume were presented at Formality and Informality: From Decoupling to Entanglement. Workshop on the Formal and the Informal in Law, Institutions and Economy, a scholarly conference that was organized by the Polish Sociological Association (Sociology of Law Section and Warsaw Department) and the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Law and Administration and Institute of Applied Social Sciences), with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, and which took place on 13–14 May 2013 in Warsaw. This was the first occasion for discussing some of the ideas and concepts which were further developed in this volume. It was then followed by a period of intense writing and consulting between the editors and the selected and invited contributors to this project. We hope that the ensuing volume gives justice to all these efforts, original ideas and the scholarly potential of the theme undertaken by the edited work.

The publication of the book has been made possible thanks to the support from a number of institutions, including the Polish Sociological Association and the University of Warsaw, and the contribution to, and supervision of, the manuscript works by Barbara Damentka, Jarosław Kilias and Michael Landry. Last but not least, the editors would like to thank the participants in the workshop discussions and the contributing authors for taking part in this book project and for their input to the conceptualizing of various sociologies of...

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