G. Bolacchi, Potere e strutture sociali, Edizioni Ricerche, Roma, 1963

This monograph presents a theoretical hypothesis addressing the methodological need to explain in a unitary way the phenomena related, on the one hand, to social integration and, on the other, to social conflict. «Neither the coercion theory nor the integration theory of society succeeds in giving an autonomous characterization of “power” and establishing this concept as a primary sociological category.

A comprehensive sociological theory capable of explaining all social phenomena, hence both the phenomenon of integration and the phenomenon of conflict, must use concepts with a higher degree of abstraction than those underlying the integration theory and the coercion theory.

The more general element characterizing social interactions in the proper sense must be identified in the community of interests based on interrelation. The interrelation rests on the phenomenon of the integration of interests, which qualifies in structural terms any social group. It results from two complex and interdependent factors, which are the community of interests (such that interests can have common objects) and the interrelation between interests (such that interests can be the object of each other), and represents the fundamental element of cohesion of every social group.» IT

(Potere e strutture sociali [Power and social structures], pp. 20-21)
Giulio Bolacchi


Potere e strutture sociali
[Power and social structures]

Edizioni Ricerche, Roma

  1. Conflitto di classe e stratificazione sociale
    [Class conflict and social stratification]
  2. Statica e dinamica sociale nel pensiero di J.B. Clark; equilibrio statico, evoluzione, stato stazionario
    [Static and social dynamics in J. B. Clark’s thought; static equilibrium, evolution, steady state]
  3. Dinamica pendolare e dinamica cumulativa
    [Pendular dynamics and cumulative dynamics]
  4. La società come integrazione e stratificazione sociale
    [Society as integration and social stratification]
  5. La società come conflitto in Dahrendorf
    [Society as conflict in Dahrendorf]
  6. Le critiche di Dahrendorf alla teoria di Parsons
    [Dahrendorf’s criticism of Parsons’s theory]
  7. Le contraddizioni della teoria di Dahrendorf
    [Some contradictions in Dahrendorf’s theory]
  8. Comunione degli interessi, interrelazione degli interessi; azione sociale di accettazione, azione sociale di condizionamento
    [Community of interests, interrelation between interests: accepting social action, conditioning social action]
  9. Conflitto sociale e forza sociale del potere
    [Social conflict and the social strength of power]
  10. La struttura della dinamica pendolare: deviamento-reintegrazione, deviamento-irrilevanza
    [The structure of pendular dynamics: deviation-reintegration, deviation-irrelevance]
  11. Potere istituzionale e potere deviante
    [Institutional power and deviant power]
  12. Il concetto di «classe sociale»
    [The concept of “social class”]

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