Professor of Sociology at the University of Bologna. Past-President of the Italian Sociological Association (1995-98), he has served as Executive Committee Member of the IIS, Director of the National Observatory on the Family (2003-2012) of the Italian Government. He has published more than 800 works. He is known as the founder of an original “relational sociology” or “relational theory of society”. Among his more recent publications: Building a Relational Theory of Society: A Sociological Journey
, in M. Deflem ed., Sociologists in a Global Age
, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007; Relational Sociology. A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences
, Routledge, London and New York, 2011; The Relational Subject
, (with M.S. Archer) CUP, Cambridge, 2015.
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