Journal title SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE
Author/s Francesco Mattioli
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2009/90 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 34-44 File size 379 KB
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Thinking about the theory of social action is not possible without considering research; otherwise, the risk is to propose simple opinions or mere ideologies. Both the classic theories of action of macro orientation, and neo-utilitarianism theories of a micro perspective offer an unsatisfying picture of the relation between individual action and social system. Only beginning with Goffman and ethnomethodology has there been a particular interest in a meso dimension, able to suggest new theoretical and research horizons given the complex, uncertain, contingent and «hazardous» society, which cannot be described by "omni-comprehensive theories". In particular, the theory of social network, meso in origin, proves to be an approach deeply tied to field research and able to offer interpretative instruments of complex interaction between social action and its social determinants. It is able to explain, for example, the apparent present contradictions of the difficult relationship global and glocal.
Francesco Mattioli, Teoria dell’azione e modello di rete: il "luogo" della sociologia scientifica in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 90/2009, pp 34-44, DOI: 10.3280/SR2009-090003