RESEARCH NETWORKS

Sociology of Law

A brief history of the Research network
The research network of Sociology of Law was constituted in 1983. Its first Coordinator was Vincenzo Tomeo, a professor at the University of Milan and a former student of Renato Treves.
Impossibile tentare, nei confini di spazio previsti per questa presentazione, una sia pur sintetica storia delle attività della Sezione. Ci si limita, perciò, a ricordare alcune tra le più rilevanti iniziative realizzate nell’ultimo ventennio: il Convegno su “Conflitti e diritti nella società transnazionale” (Courmayeur, 10-12 settembre 1998), organizzato da Vincenzo Ferrari (Università di Milano), allora Coordinatore della Sezione; la creazione, nella primavera del 2004, sotto la presidenza di Valerio Pocar (Università di Milano-Bicocca), del sito web della Sezione (www.sociologiadeldiritto-ais.it); l’organizzazione – sempre a cura di Pocar – dei “Seminari nazionali di Sociologia del diritto”, che si tennero annualmente a Capraia Isola a partire dal 2005; la realizzazione di un altro sito web (www.sociologiadeldiritto.it), per iniziativa di Alberto Febbrajo (Università di Macerata), che coordinò la Sezione dal 2008 al 2014.
From 2015 to present, the Coordinator has been Lucio d’Alessandro (Chancellor of the University of Naples “Suor Orsola Benincasa”). Under his guidance, the Section has grown noticeably: there have been numerous conferences, publications and various initiatives (among which a database related to the principle areas of interest and research of its members). The number of members has also grown considerably: at present, there are approximately 120 members.   

Main theoretical and research areas
The section constitutes the reference of the SSD SPS / 12 where – if we look at the research areas and the teachings given in various bachelor’s and master's degree programmes – the Sociology of Law coexists with the Sociology of Deviance, as well as Criminology produced by committed scholars that research the field within a framework of strictly sociological references, thus configuring itself more properly as a sociology of crime. Within each of these areas, as per its tradition, the section maintains strong relationships with national and international research networks in which scholars from neighboring disciplinary areas of a legal, philosophical, economic and socio-political nature participate.
Law and deviance from the sociological (theoretical and empirical) perspective constitute the research fields. And although it is essential to reference the legal dimension that defines and structures individual behaviors in relation to norms, social relations and the actions of institutions and those of control, many other interests are cultivated: such as rights and their effectiveness in social policies, the pluralism of normative references in complex societies, the sociological-legal nature of the action of institutions, the legal culture and the administrative dimension of policies, legal professions, etc.

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Sergio Marotta

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Roberta Bisi

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Bruno Bilotta

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Tito Marci

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Franco Prina

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Carlo Pennisi

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