In the last decades demography has confirmed a particular disciplinary habitus, which entails collaboration with public bodies concerned with social policies and a broad opening towards a non-specialist public. Our project on demographic communication in the Italian national press and the survey conducted within the community of Italian demographists are both geared towards shedding light on demographic divulgation, on the arguments and linguistic codes that communicators and demographists address to the public in general, as interaction between science and society. Rather than a ‘hypercritical’ consideration on the risk of popularisation, we are dealing with a hypothesis of ‘reflection’ on profession as social scientists.

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Demgraphy and media

Bassani Marina   Laboratorio Interdisciplinare-Scuola internazionale Superiore Studi Avanzati S.I.S.S.A.

In the last decades demography has confirmed a particular disciplinary habitus, which entails collaboration with public bodies concerned with social policies and a broad opening towards a non-specialist public. Our project on demographic communication in the Italian national press and the survey conducted within the community of Italian demographists are both geared towards shedding light on demographic divulgation, on the arguments and linguistic codes that communicators and demographists address to the public in general, as interaction between science and society. Rather than a ‘hypercritical’ consideration on the risk of popularisation, we are dealing with a hypothesis of ‘reflection’ on profession as social scientists.

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