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The complexity of living together

A book presenting the reasons for the evolution of the relationship between the individual and society in an increasingly interconnected world that is however populated by individuals

Companies like communities. Entrepreneurs and managers like men and women immersed in complex social settings. The company not only like a mechanical organisation but as a set of human and technological relations. These are just some of the concepts of a corporate culture that looks at the totality of the working man, at the complex mechanisms of manufacturing, at the dense interconnection between product and manufacturer that characterises the modern company. These approaches also require a “placement” on a wider scale, which allows a more extensive awareness of the entrepreneurial and manufacturing activities.

It is precisely such a framework that is provided on reading “Vivere insieme. Comunità e relazioni nella società globale” (Living together. Communities and realtions in global society). The book – written by Piero Amerio, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Turin -, is a major journey around some of the most important ideas of modern life: the individual, globalisation, security, solidarity, the possible communities.

At the heart of all this lies a consideration. Today, thanks to the Internet, we can come into contact with people anywhere on the planet and entertain relations well beyond traditional spaces. A globalised world that involves social structures and mental processes and that should also be understood using different tools from the usual.

Amerio thus starts with a reasoning on the categories of the individual as a social being and as an individual being, and then moves on to an investigation into the apparent paradox of a globalised world and therefore increasingly connected in its parts, but in reality one that is increasingly disjointed and “private”. It is precisely within the framework of modern-day photograph that Amerio also mentions the situation, role and conduct of companies in relation to individuals and to the markets. And that’s not all. In fact, the book continues by emphasising the role of the pursuit of safety and the risks (in the third chapter), in addition to solidarity (in the fourth chapter), equally as elements of continuity and novelty in human activities. The goal of the “becoming people in possible communities”, and therefore the clarification of what these communities are, concludes the book.

Amerio manages to hold the reader’s hand as he leads him or her along a path which also touches upon difficult concepts; and he does so with a plain though always dense language, understandable even when he tackles passages that are objectively complex.

Vivere insieme. Comunità e relazioni nella società globale (Living together. Communities and realtions in global society)

Piero Amerio

Il Mulino, 2017