Number 18 / December 2019 [deadline October 31th, 2019 ]  

Narrating Science: Risks and Opportunities in the Information Society

EDITORS: Flavio Antonio Ceravolo e Michele Rostan.

During the last years the popularity of more and more radical antiscientific theories has increased. Their diffusion create problems to the relationship among citizens and science. It is a global phenomenon and we can recognize its effects in different fields of science such as the international flat-earth movement which questions the elementary assumption of astronomy concerning the solar system or the various local No-Vax movements which criticizes the opportunity of massive vaccinations. The relational communication dimension is one of the essential cornerstones of this wave of antiscientific positions because it feeds common thought practices and consequently causes collective actions. At the same time, the emersion of this collective social communities gives us the opportunity to meditate on the weakness of the diffusion of scientific culture in contemporary society. This weakness is a striking paradox in our information society, permeated by the widespread diffusion in everyday life of so many technological innovations directly and mainly derived from scientific research. The relation among sciences, technology and information society is, therefore, one of the main path of investigation in this monographic section and intercepts a new appreciation of the role of public understanding of science as a tool for the promotion of a more informed and aware society in every field of human coexistence: social, economic, anthropologic, economic, cultural and political...

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Special issue [deadline May 15th, 2018]  

Varieties of Professionalism in a Globalising World: New Theoretical Perspectives and Analytical Approaches

            Guest Editors: 

  • Andrea Bellini (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Firenze) 
  • Lara Maestripieri (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona)

The special issue here presented aims to deal with the multiple complexities that are now emerging in the sociology of professions: the acknowledgement for emerging professions; the eroded power of peer-based systems of professionalization; the growing inequalities among professionals; the rise of precarious employment among expert labourers; the increasing entanglement of professional jurisdictions, which stems from conflicts between locally-, nationally- and globally-based professional activities; the emerging professionalism in developing countries.

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Number 15, JUNE 2018 [deadline: March 16th, 2018]

Another World is Possible. Collaborate to Transform

Edit by Francesca Bianchi (University of Siena)
Alessandro Lutri (University of Catania)

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Number 14, December 2017 [deadline: September 20th, 2017]

Searching for the Working Class

Edit by Stefano Musso (University of Turin)
Annalisa Tonarelli (University of Florence)

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Number 13, June 2017 [deadline: March 10th, 2017]

Is (historical) sociology Eurocentric? Nation building, European integration and cosmopolitanism: critical and normative visions

Edit by Florence Delmotte

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