In Search of Lost Time. Family, Nature and Culture


  • Paola Di Nicola University of Verona



family, nature, culture


There is a spectre haunting current political, cultural and ideological debate in Italy (and perhaps throughout Europe): the traditional family.

This spectre is raised by those who are afraid of change; as they are unable to respond to the general ongoing societal changes (not only in the family), they suggest a return to the good old days where, for a start, men and women knew their place in society and complied with standard cultural norms and models. The proposed response to the problems affecting families in the ‘liquid’ society is a step back into the past to rediscover the values and solidity of the traditional family. Under the guise of the adjectives ‘traditional’ or ‘natural’, this ‘retrotopia’ invokes a return to the patriarchal family where the individual rights of women and children are denied.

Author Biography

Paola Di Nicola, University of Verona

Department of Human Sciences



How to Cite

Di Nicola, P. (2019). In Search of Lost Time. Family, Nature and Culture. Italian Sociological Review, 9(3), 467.




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