Social analysis and the language of praxis. Pier Paolo Pasolini and the social documentary

Author/s Anna Maria Paola Toti
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/1
Language Italian Pages 19 P. 131-149 File size 428 KB
DOI 10.3280/SA2012-001006
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Documentaries, as testimonies of social reality and as realistic devices, are a source of study and analysis for the sociologist; in fact, visual material is an essential document to understand how every culture represents itself, its alternatives and options. The idea that cinema is a reflection and a continuation of the real world, is at the basis of some important contributions such as those of Pier Paolo Pasolini, who offers a critical interpretation of man and history; the proletariat, the “street boys”, the Roman suburbs, the subhuman condition of life become the privileged contents of a cinema which has learnt the lesson of neorelism, though transfiguring and critically going beyond it. This cinema tends to transpose the direct data of experience in a strongly characterized artistic dimension.

Keywords: Documentary, participant observation, social analysis

Anna Maria Paola Toti, Le forme istituzionali del potere. Pier Paolo Pasolini e il linguaggio della praxis in "RIVISTA TRIMESTRALE DI SCIENZA DELL’AMMINISTRAZIONE" 1/2012, pp 131-149, DOI: 10.3280/SA2012-001006