POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

SPS/11 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

GIOVANNI PIAZZA
Email: giannipiazza@tiscali.it
Office: via Vittorio Emanuele 8, 95131 Catania
Phone: 09570305234
Office Hours: tutti i giovedì dalle 10.00 alle 13.00. Altro orario previo appuntamento via email


Course Structure

The course aims to provide the theoretical and empirical knowledge, and the analytical tools related to the main concepts, actors and processes studied by the political sociology. In addition, the module aims to stimulate reflection and the ability of critical interpretation by the students concerning the contemporary political phenomena, also by using the computer media and audio-visual devices (internet links, projections of graphs, tables, pictures and videos).



Detailed Course Content

Politics and political sociology. Power and social forms. Power in the Marxist tradition. The modern state, nation and nationalism. Political violence: police power, terrorism, armed struggle, wars and revolutions. Participatory and deliberative democracy. Political participation. Social Movements: approaches, identities, networks, repertoires of action and political context; movements and globalization. Ideologies and political cultures; right / left, populism.
Communication and political processes: languages, rituals, media politics, election campaigns. Citizens and online politics. Territorial movements (No Tav, No Muos, No Tap, No Large Ships). Movements in schools and universities. The squatting movements for housing and social centers at local, national and transnational level. Migrants and protests in Sicily.



Textbook Information

de Nardis F. (2013), Sociologia politica. Per comprendere i fenomeni politici contemporanei. Milano, McGraw-Hill: cap. 1 (par. 1.1), pp. 4-6; cap. 2 (par. 2.1), pp. 30-33; cap. 3 (par. 3.1), pp. 78-83; cap. 6 (par. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4), pp. 167-189; cap. 8 (par. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3) pp.241-255; cap. 10 (par. 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5.0), pp. 309-344; cap. 11 (par. 11.3), pp. 385-393; cap. 12 (par. 12.1, 12.2, 12.3), pp. 407-425; cap. 15, pp. 491-534; cap. 16, pp. 539-565; cap. 18, pp. 587-611.

della Porta D., Piazza G., Bertuzzi N. and Sorci G. (2019), LULUs movements in multilevel struggles: A comparison of four movements in Italy, in Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, n.3 forthcoming.

Raffini L. (2014), “La politica online alla prova della democrazia”, in Alteri L. e Raffini L. (a cura di), La nuova politica. Movimenti, mobilitazioni e conflitti in Italia. EdiSES, Napoli, cap. 7, pp. 169-182.

Piazza G. (2018), “Not only students, but also not enough: the waves of protest in the higher education in Italy”, in International Review of Social Research, Vol. 8 n. 1, pp. 64-73.

Piazza G. (a cura di) (2012), “Il movimento delle occupazioni di squat e centri sociali in Europa. Una introduzione”, in Partecipazione e Conflitto, n. 1, Franco Angeli, Milano, pp. 5-18.

Piazza G. (2018), “Squatting Social Centers in a Sicilian City: Liberated Spaces and Urban Protest Actors”, in Antipode. A Radical Journal of Geography, Vol. 50, n. 2, pp. 498-522.

Frazzetta F. and Piazza G. (2019), “Just to go away: Why few and single-issue protests of the migrants in Sicily?”, in Geopolitics, forthcoming.




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