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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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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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