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Smart Society

A Sociological Perspective on Smart Living, 1st Edition

By Roberta Iannone, Romina Gurashi, Ilaria Iannuzzi, Giovanni de Ghantuz Cubbe, Melissa Sessa


120 pages

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pub: 2019-09-27
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Increasingly, we hear of ‘smart’ cities, communities, governance and people as constituting the basis of initiatives by which we might address various social and environmental problems, particularly those connected with sustainability, usually by means of an ‘intelligent’ connection with the ‘network society’. This book addresses the issues raised by the emergence of ‘smart’ dimensions and initiatives in society, critically engaging with questions surrounding the feasibility of what smart initiatives propose and the extent to which they can really offer solutions to the challenges we face. With attention to the notion of ‘smart’ as applied to the individual, the community, politics and the home, the authors consider the interconnections between these various facets of ‘smart living’ and their relationship to the notion of the smart society as a whole. Drawing on a concrete study of an attempt to concretize smart ideas in the design of a smart, solar home as part of an EU-wide project, Smart Society offers the first extended sociological engagement with the notion of smart living.

Table of Contents

1. Smart Society. The Critical Sense of a World Strategy

Roberta Iannone

2. Smart Politics. The Political Dimension of ‘Smartness’

Giovanni de Ghantuz Cubbe

3. Smart People and Prosumers. The Individual Challenge to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Romina Gurashi

4. Smart Community: A New Way of Being Together?

Ilaria Iannuzzi

5. Home Smart Home. A Sociology of Living in the Age of Reflective Materialism

Melissa Sessa

6. From Theory to Empiricism: The Challenge to the Future of the Sapienza University at Solar Decathlon Middle East

Gurashi Romina, Ilaria Iannuzzi And Melissa Sessa

About the Authors

Roberta Iannone is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She is author of The social sense of the human experience: Thinking about Vom Menschen of Werner Sombart, and Il capitale sociale. Origine, significati e funzioni.

Romina Gurashi is Assistant Professor in Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where she is Honorary Fellow of Sociology. She is Managing Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Administration Science. Studies in Theory and Social Research, the author of Pathways of Peace: Philosophy and Sociology of Peace and Nonviolence and the co-author of From Intractability to Pacification: A Federal perspective for the Abkhaz-Georgian Conflict.

Ilaria Iannuzzi is completing her doctoral studies in the Department of Political Sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She is the author of La fiducia paga. Quando le relazioni generano valore (Trust pays. When relationships generate value) and of several articles in scientific journals. She is an accredited Pro by Italy-Usa Foundation.

Giovanni de Ghantuz Cubbe is Ph.D Student at the Department of Political Science of the TU Dresden. His research focus is on contemporary nationalism, migration and European radical right parties as well as on structural and conceptual changes of democracy and political institutions in Europe.

Melissa Sessa is the best graduated student of July 2017 in Administration and Organization Sciences. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Political Science. She is the winner of the prestigious prize for a dissertation thesis, "Vincenzo Dona", with her work on La smart home nella sua dimensione sociale (The smart home in its social dimension).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General