About Welfare and Prosumerism

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of the special issue entitled “Pro-sumers on the move: overcoming the line between labour and consumption”, co-edited with my colleagues and friends Davide Arcidiacono, Allison Loconto and Antonello Podda. The issue has been published in Sociologia del Lavoro (4/2018), which is the main Italian journal that publish articles on sociology of work.

The front of our special issue.

The special issue offers a wide range of articles from Italian and International scholars that aims at investigating the heuristic capacity of the concept of prosumerism in the analysis of labour, consumption and social protection. In particular, in the introduction I discuss the term in the domain of welfare studies, linking it in particular with studies on social innovation.

The introduction entitled “Introducing the wave of the prosumers in the age of labour market shattering” is available on the Sociologia del Lavoro website.

AFNs and their impact on suppliers’ marginalization

I am delighted to announce my new article on social innovation in agricolture and food, written with Antonello Podda and Toa Giroletti entitled “Solidarity Purchasing Groups in Italy : a critical assessment of their effects on the marginalization of their suppliers“. The article has been published in the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, in a special issue coordinated by Allison Loconto and Yuna Chiffoleau entitled “SOCIAL INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD: OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES?“. (more…)

Organizational diversity of Italian professionals

Whenever I present a paper in an international conference, I always struggling with communicating successfully the peculiarity of the Italian professionalism in the right way. But, at the end all my struggle can be resumed in a single (very simple) difference: the small dimensions of the Italian professional enterprises. This is the topic and the main argument of the paper which I just published with R. Cucca in the Canadian Review of Sociology: what are the organisational implication of freelance professionalism? what is its impact on the welfare of professionals? The article is entitled “Small Is Beautiful? Emerging Organizational Strategies among Italian Professionals” and it can be accessed in read-only version at this link.

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