Pierluigi Basso Fossali

The dynamics of socialization. Between in vivo interaction and the commons

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Since the 1970s, Paolo Fabbri has promoted a critical venture of semiotics into the field of sociology in order to problematize and recreate the conditions of access to social meaning, where it is structured through textual forms and grammars, but also where it is organized by the types of socialization processes that show the polemology that crosses the collectives. It seems to us that this last aspect has been the least developed by semiotic research and that it deserves to be taken up again, here necessarily limited to some epistemological reflections and methodological hypotheses. Our main objective is to distinguish the process of socialization from other concepts such as sharing, association or culturalization and to define it by putting it between the interaction and the internal dynamics of the different domains of a civilization. In order to specify this process, we try to interpret it as a form of constant de-coincidence of the social, torn between interactional stakes and institutional aspirations and patched up only through the recourse to regulating principles.


  • Semiotics
  • Socialization
  • Interaction
  • Institution
  • Regulative Principles


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