Edited By Adriana Mica, Jan Winczorek and Rafał Wiśniewski
Identifying a Formality Hinterland: Trans-informality and Meta-formality Within UK “Better Regulation” Discourses
There is an obvious conceptual distinction between formal and informal social actions in both the sociology literature and in common usage. This is evident from the earliest classical sociology literature: in Tönnies’ Gemeinschaft and Gestellschaft, in Durkheim’s “mechanical” and “organic” solidarity and Weber’s “traditional” and “legal-rational” modes of authority. Since then the interaction between the two has been a central focus of empirical work and the duality remains the dominant form of analysis.
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