Sociologies of Formality and Informality

Sociologies of Formality and InformalityI: The Sociology of Informally Embedded FormalityFormality in the Interactional Study of OrganizationsThe interactional study of organizationsThe new institutionalismInhabited interactionismWhy does formality matter?Studying formalityConclusionReferencesEmpirically Grounded Rule of LawBrief remarks on the important issue of the past: The socialist rule of lawLegal certainty and predictability characteristic of the juristic version of the rule of law versus “transitory justice”Factors important for the popular perception of the rule of lawConcluding remarksReferencesII: The Sociology of Formally Embedded InformalityUnderstanding Informality: Conceptual Lessons from Informal Settlement in Southern AfricaPlural experiences of urban informalityPublic policy and the production of informalityContested definitions of informal settlementConclusionsReferencesLineland and the Underground Economy: The Multidimensionality of Informal Work by Secondary Education StudentsProblem: Student work and the informal economyThe multiple dimensions and gradations of informalityStudents as the “usual suspects” of participation in informal workDataData collectionMeasuresResultsPrevalence and consistencyPredicting informalityConclusion and discussionReferencesIII: The Sociology of the Interaction between Formality and InformalityConfigurations of Informality and Formality in Contemporary SocietyIntroduction: The relevance of informalityInformality and the private-public shiftInformality and cooperationConcluding remarksReferencesWhen Formal and Informal Rules Meet: The Four Sets of Rules of the Estonian Language and Minority RegimeFour key sets of rules of the Estonian language and minority regime(Re-)nationalising policiesGuarantees for minoritiesUnofficial bilingualismBlocking interest representationThe issue of the Russian gymnasiumsConclusionsAfterwordReferencesRule of Law and Informal InstitutionsLaw and legal systemsThe concept of rule of law (Rechtsstaat)Informal institutionsInformal systems of law and informal systems of rulesRelationship between rule of law and informal institutions: Hybrid legal systems and deficient rule of lawThe relevance of regime typesConclusion and reform perspectivesReferencesIV: The Sociology of the Emergence and Transformation of Formality and InformalityIdentifying a Formality Hinterland: Trans-informality and Meta-formality Within UK “Better Regulation” DiscoursesWhat is regulation?My conception of the formality hinterlandFormality in regulation: Command and controlStudy 1: Building controlProfessional regulation and the creation of meta-formalityFormalising meaning in a professional context - The issue of “value”Regulating valueSmart regulationNeophyteSelf-improversChampionsConclusionsReferencesThe Reconfiguration of Power as a Legitimization of Informal Political Actions in Local-Level Politics in Contemporary PolandIntroduction: Objectives and analytical assumptionsClassic models of local-level politics in cultural anthropology and the question of informalityReconfiguration as the new framework in the anthropological research of contemporary local-level politicsLocal-level self-organization in contemporary Poland: Cultural determinants of the global arenaLaw versus structure: The case of the village [solectwo]Structure versus law: The case of the Farmers’ Wives Association (FWA)Summary: Informal political actions in local-level politics within the framework of power reconfigurationReferencesSocial Networks, Social Norms and Workers’ Resistance: A Computational Simulation AnalysisThe puzzle of social normsComplex adaptive systems, social networks and agent-based modelsExplanations, generative social science and mechanismsEmergence and cumulative systemsA simple model of the emergence of resistance normsBrief descriptionOutput variables, parameters and simulation experimentsMain resultsDiscussion and conclusionsAcknowledgementsOverviewDesign conceptsDetailsReferences
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