Dalla morale alla comunicazione?La sociologia come racconto di racconti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] From morals to communication: sociology as a storytelling

Laura Bovone

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From morals to communication? Sociology as account of accounts The communicative turn of contemporary sociological theory has not to be read as a true position of indifference towards the moral instances which were central in classical approaches summarized by Parsons. The main thesis of the article is that the interest for moral problems does not take anymore the way of an interest for the intergenerational socialization process seen as a guarantee of a shared morality. From a comparative study of three very different contemporary authors - Goffman, Habermas and Bauman - we notice an emerging idea of society where nobody has the authority for teaching but everybody has good reasons for its choices. An ethical dualism is making its way, dividing universal principles from individual opinions. The result is a general emphasis on a communicative solution of problems of living together and, as regards the sociologist role, a particular stronger invitation to listen to the others, to bring out and collect new ideas for such a new society that we are not even able to describe. In this sense, we can conclude that the communicative turn does not exclude both a moral interest and a prescriptive indication.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] From morals to communication: sociology as a storytelling
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)383-411
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • communication
  • comunicazione
  • morals
  • narrazione
  • sociology


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