Routinization and Globalization: The 1980s and Beyond

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


The chapter presents one final thesis: After the normalization of the early 1980s, the history of Italian sociology came to an abrupt end. The current state of the discipline is one of routinization without standardization, profoundly influenced by nationwide higher education reforms and political–academic relationships among the three camps. The chapter describes the establishment of doctoral programs in sociology and the unprecedented wave of theoretical work in the mid-1980s, the recent development of the three camps, and the début of sociologists at the apex of Italian government. It also hints at the ‘new careers’ of sociologists trained after 1990, who have increasingly widened their geographical and intellectual horizons, and ends with a hesitant note on the future of Italian sociology.


Ph.D. programs Internationalization and globalization Gianni Statera Neoliberalism Sociological theory 


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

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