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Rosati Massimo

Massimo Rosati was born in Pescara (Italy) in 1969. He grew up and did his schooling and undergraduate studies in Rome, where he currently lives. In 1993 he took his degree in Sociology at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, with a thesis on Habermas’ “Theory of Communicative Action”, that in 1994 became, under the title Consenso e razionalità (Armando editore), the first Italian monograph on Habermas’ book. In 1998 he took a Doctorate in Political Sociology, University of Florence. He was based first at University of Perugia and then at the University of Salerno, until 2008. Currently he is Associate Professor at University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he teaches Sociology. In Italian he also published Il patriottismo italiano.
Culture politiche e identità nazionale (Laterza 2000), and Solidarietà e sacro (Laterza 2002), a theoretical investigation on the role of the concept of the sacred in classical and contemporary social theory. In English he published articles on Durkheim and contemporary social theory in The Journal of Classical Sociology, Durkheimian Studies, Philosophy and Social Criticism. He edited the new Italian edition of Durkheim’s The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (Meltemi 2005).

With Alessandro Ferrara he wrote Affreschi della modernità. Crocevia della teoria sociale (Carocci 2005), and with W.S.F. Pickering he co-edited Suffering and Evil. The Durkheimian Legacy (Berghan Books 2008). His last book is Ritual and the Sacred. A Neo-Durkheimian Analysis of Politics, Religion and the Self (Ashgate 2009); his last co-editorship (with Kristina Stoeckl) is the volume titled Multiple Modernities and Postsecular Societies (Ashgate 2012). His main interests are in classical sociology, social theory and current debates on the role of religions, ritual and the sacred in contemporary societies.

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