Italian Sociology,1945–2010

An Intellectual and Institutional Profile

  • Andrea Cossu
  • Matteo Bortolini

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 1-11
  3. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 13-28
  4. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 29-43
  5. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 45-63
  6. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 65-76
  7. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 77-90
  8. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 91-109
  9. Andrea Cossu, Matteo Bortolini
    Pages 111-127
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 129-137

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive profile of the development of sociology in Italy from the post-war period to the present day. The first English-language account of the history of Italian sociology, it focuses on the process of institutionalization of the discipline within the Italian university system and its changing relationships with extra-academic actors and institutions: political parties, unions, the Catholic Church, political and social movements, as well as local and national governments. Arranged chronologically across eight chapters, it presents all major steps in the development of the discipline in a theoretically-informed but accessible way. The authors explore the pioneering phase of the 1950s to the establishment of the first academic chairs in the 1960s, from the student revolts of 1968 to the creation of the first sociological association in the 1980s and up to the present day. It will appeal to social science and history scholars and students, as well as readers interested in the history of Contemporary Italy.


Fascism Corrado Gini collective memory institutionalization Italian modernization disciplinary differentiation Camillo Pellizzi policy-oriented research Adriano Olivetti Il Mulino Italian university 1968 Student Revolt Bruno Kessler Francesco Alberoni Associazione italiana di sociologia Marxism Achille Ardigò Franco Ferrarotti sociological theory neoliberalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Cossu
    • 1
  • Matteo Bortolini
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.University of PadovaPadovaItaly

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