After ’68: A New Generation of Sociologists

  • Andrea CossuEmail author
  • Matteo Bortolini
Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


Sociologists born in the late 1930s came of age as a ‘disobedient generation’: They contested established ways of doing social science and introduced, for the first time, a massive dosage of Marxism into Italian sociology. Many young sociologists developed a new style of ‘co-research ’ based on a radical critique of Italian modernization . At the same time, the emergence of ‘mass university ’ helped them find a quick pathway to tenured jobs within the academic system . This weakened their radical stance and led to a rapid process of normalization. In the 1970s, the enlargement of the Italian sociological community gave rise to geographical and subdisciplinary cleavages, with a prevalence of Northern and Roman scholarly clusters and the importation of new sociological trends from outside Italy.


Marxism Co-research Geographical cleavage Special sociologies Mass university 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.University of PadovaPadovaItaly

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