Socio-Cultural Change: Identity, Families, Gender, Communication and Consumption

Socio-Cultural Change: Identity, Families, Gender, Communication and Consumption

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Socio Cultural Change Identity Families Gender Communication and Consumption Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology of the University of Padua. Human beings everywhere are now experiencing high levels of uncertainty and are therefore forced to develop a dialogical self. Based on this assumption, this line of research focuses on the analysis of social and cultural change through the following concepts: individual identity, social identity, social interactions, and globalisation/localisation in times of uncertainty. The main social phenomena and institutions considered in this line of research are: identity, families, gender, communication and consumption. The approach is rooted in a socio-cultural perspective.

About this Research Line

Human beings everywhere are now experiencing high levels of uncertainty and are therefore forced to develop a dialogical self. Based on this assumption, this line of research focuses on the analysis of social and cultural change through the following concepts: individual identity, social identity, social interactions, and globalisation/localisation in times of uncertainty. The main social phenomena and institutions considered in this line of research are: identity, families, gender, communication and consumption. The approach is rooted in a socio-cultural perspective.

This area of research includes migration studies, gender studies (e.g., LGBT and queer studies), consumer and communication practices. The dialogical, intercultural, and intersectional perspective sheds new light on international migration, political conflicts, the diversification of family practices and structures, the pluralization of gender and sexual identities, and consumption practices related to environmental and social sustainability. The processes of negotiations of individual and collective identities are particularly visible in ethnic and gender differences and in potentially related conflicts as well as the results of dissonant social representations created using digital media.

Research focal points include the social stratification of citizenship and individual/collective identities, the construction of social and cultural hegemonies, and how macro and meso structural aspects of society (e.g., political system, the law, and private and public organizations) interplay with the cultural differences that affect daily life and the production of meaning and identity among social actors. The combined consideration of these levels of investigation results in a mixed approach that blends the micro, meso, and macro when determining the strength of the constraints that impact social action. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches are selected and applied as appropriate to answer the research questions.

Essential bibliography:

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