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The Family, the genome of society

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Pierpaolo Donati, La famiglia, il genoma che fa vivere la società, (The genome which helps society live) Rubbettino, 2013 (12 euros)

The controversies which have arisen in the last decades regarding the statute and the characteristics of the family have made it necessary to reflect deeply on its structure and its features.

The fact that today there are claims which define the term “family” with various forms of “living together”, forms which are very different from one another have brought philosophers, sociologists and psychologists to conduct extensive research on the reality of the family and on the society from which it stems and moves.

It would seem as if there was a pressing need to “purify” common sense based views, and from concepts like “marriage” and “family” in order to re-define profiles based on human nature itself.

In Pierpaolo Donati’s book entitled La famiglia. Il genoma che fa vivere la società (The family, the genome which helps society live), the author examines in a systematic and coherent way the sociological reasons which identify the structure sui generis of the family, with respect to which the humanising character of society is by and large measured.

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Magazines on the family: the experience of “NOI genitori & figli” (We parents and children)

Despite the ongoing crisis, the family remains a fundamental human and social resource. The experience of “NOI genitori & figli”, a supplement of the daily Italian Catholic newspaper called Avvenire, shows that it is possible to give insights to this reality by highlighting difficulties in a balanced way and many positive aspects simply by leaving aside the customary stereotypes. We asked Luciano Moia the deputy editor of the monthly supplement and journalist of the Avvenire daily some questions to get a closer look at this interesting magazine.

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Teens caught in trap of “But I like it...”. Social Networks’ “Like It” and “Don’t like it” as today’s ethical boundaries

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Last year, my nephew’s friend, a beautiful, radiant girl from a close-knit family, took her father’s pistol and killed herself, leaving behind no more than a few words. Empty, meaningless days.

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Towards the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family:Time for Reflection amidst Crisis

Towards the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family:Time for Reflection amidst Crisis

To build a new family, especially in times of crisis, is certainly not easy.

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Family or Families?

Family or Families?

We anticipate the translated text of Prof. Malo's lecture, Family or Families? Tow...

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Policies and Participation in Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia

Policies and Participation in Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia

Laura Stein's article published in Communication, Culture & Critique —6, (20...

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Are Disney cartoons still educational for kids?

Are Disney cartoons still educational for kids?

Despite most parents’ appraisal of Disney animation films who show them to their...

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Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

 

We offer to our readers the Introduction to the book just published, Feder...

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Power to Creativity: From Hollywood to Pixar, through Italy

Power to Creativity: From Hollywood to Pixar, through Italy

I'm not sure if anyone would dare to translate Armando Fumagalli's latest book, ...

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Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution. Destruction of Freedom in the Name o...

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Teens and the Internet. Teaching good use of time and learning how to select quality content

In June 2013, at the University of the Holy Cross (Rome, Italy), a licentiate th...

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To buy or not to buy Ps4 or Xbox One?

To buy or not to buy Ps4 or Xbox One?

Figures show that the market of videogames is holding its breath. Two culminatin...

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Hatred, vengeance, reparation and forgiveness in the film The Painted Veil

Hatred, vengeance, reparation and forgiveness in the film The Painted Veil

Directed by John Curran and based on the book by the same name by W. Somerset Ma...

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The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

One of my top movies is Robert J. Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922). I conside...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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Familyandmedia è un gruppo di ricerca universitario internazionale che studia la famiglia nell’ambito della comunicazione sociale con un doppio taglio: come viene presentata la famiglia nei media (fiction e news) e come le istituzioni che promuovono la famiglia comunicano il loro messaggio e aiutano a costruire una proposta di famiglia nello spazio pubblico.

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