Sociology of the book (s) (2005/2006)

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Domenico Secondulfo, Emmanuele Morandi
Domenico Secondulfo
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1st semester dal Oct 3, 2005 al Dec 22, 2005.

Lesson timetable

1st semester
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  
Friday 10:10 AM - 11:50 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.4  

Learning outcomes

Book sociology aims at analyzing the impact that written culture had on the birth of printing: changes brought by printed books influenced the relationship between society and the political-economical system and were so huge to change the assets of these macro-systems. After a definition of the theories, the course will identify in a sociological way publishing censure.


Analysis of social change in order to understand what was a revolution in western society’s collective rapresentation. Printing was fundamental in the growth of a critic public opinion, which brought changes into the political and economical organisation: in fact, now they were standing in front of a culturally critic and plural public who expected justifications of their work. The achievement of printing (together with other structural elements like industrial middle class) was intellectual nourishing for the formation of a critic public: the enlargement of complexity between political power and society exemplifies in the institution of censure and in its hard decline. Seminary by prof. Elisa Zoppei on the socialisation to book reading.

Assessment methods and criteria

oral test