"Socievolezza" e "privatezza" della conversazione nei Social Network

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] "Sociability" and "privacy" of the conversation in Social Networks

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay aims to provide a contribution to an approach to the analysis of social networks that you use, as an interpretative key (theoretical and empirical), conversational forms and relational practices among users rather than technological affordances or the characteristics of the space-time setting of the SNS. The essay is composed of two parts: the first is dedicated to the discussion of how conversation can constitute an interpretative key useful for understanding the communication relationships proper to Social Networks. The conversation is presented, based on the re-reading of some classics of sociology, as a socio-cultural device functional to the production of sociality. It is then illustrated how its constitutive characteristics re-declare in the SNS, highlighting how in this context people act by negotiating between the constraints imposed by the technological and social structure of the groups and expression of individual agency through personal and group conversational styles. The second part is devoted to a crucial aspect of the definition of conversational regimes: the position of the boundaries between what is enabled to "stand on the scene" and what is not. As in the sociable conversation described by Simmel (1917), the indication of the privacy regime (and on the other hand publicity) is an aspect that typifies the conversation and defines it. The different definitions of "privacy" pertaining to the SNS and the paradoxes that characterize their disclosure and concealment operations are then analyzed. It is then discussed how, in a conversational context open to the public, in which the rules are still in the phase of social negotiation and expressive (identity) and relational (conversational) plans are intertwined, the definition of the private regime allows for highlight some crucial junctions including, for example, the co-construction of the conversational regime
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] "Sociability" and "privacy" of the conversation in Social Networks
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationL'alchimia relazionale. Capitale sociale e Rete
EditorsD. Salzano
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Conversazione socievole
  • Privacy
  • Social Network
  • Socievolezza


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