Italian Youth in International Context: Belonging, Constraints and Opportunities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Italian Youth in International Context

Belonging, Constraints and Opportunities, 1st Edition

Edited by Valentina Cuzzocrea, Barbara Giovanna Bello, Yuri Kazepov


296 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Italy is not a country for young people. Why? This book provides a unique and in-depth collection of empirical and theoretical material providing multiple answers to this question whilst investigating the living conditions of young people in Italy today.

By bringing together a variety of approaches and methods, the authors of this collection analyze Italian youth through the lenses of three dimensions:‘Activism, participation and citizenship’, ‘Work, Employment and Careers’ and ‘Moves, Transitions and Representations’. These dimensions are the analytical building blocks for challenging stereotypes and unveiling misinterpretations and taken-for-granted assumptions that portray young people in Italy as selfish, ‘choosy’, and unwilling to make sacrifices, commit and manage an independent life. These prejudices often underplay the role of constraints they are facing in the transition to adulthood.

Studying Italian youth, therefore, not only allows us to capture their peculiar characteristics, but also to reflect more broadly on the conceptual toolbox we need in order to understand contemporary youth more generally. By doing so, the volume aims to contribute to international discussion on the youth condition in Europe.

Table of Contents


Valentina Cuzzocrea, Barbara Giovanna Bello and Yuri Kazepov


  1. Young People and Politics in Italy in Times of Populism

    Elisa Lello

  2. When Millennials Protest: Youth Activism in Italy

    Massimiliano Andretta and Donatella della Porta

  3. Discourses and Practices of Citizenship Among Young People of Different Ethnic Backgrounds Living in Italy

    Cinzia Albanesi, Elvira Cicognani and Bruna Zani

  4. Strategy, Performance and Gender: An Interactionist Understanding of Young Activists within the Italian LGTB Movement and the Catholic Countermovement

    Anna Lavizzari


  6. The Social Investment Challenge and Young Italians

    Lara Maestripieri

  7. The Synchrony of Temporary Young Workers: Employment Discontinuity, Income Discontinuity, and New Social Inequalities in Italy

    Sonia Bertolini and Valentina Moiso

  8. Young Graduates’ Access to the Labour Market: Cumulative or Trade Off Effects Between Occupational Level, Contracts and Wages

    Marianna Filandri and Tiziana Nazio

  9. When Age is Academically Constructed: The Endless Status of ‘Young Researchers’ in Italy

    Rossella Bozzon, Annalisa Murgia and Caterina Peroni


  11. Young Italians: Individualization, Uncertainty and Reconquesting the Future

    Carmen Leccardi

  12. Pathways toward Adulthood in Times of Crisis: Reflexivity, Resources and Agency Among Young Neapolitans

    Antonella Spanò and Markieta Domecka

  13. From South to North: Internal Student Migration in Italy

    Dalit Contini, Federica Cugnata and Andrea Scagni

  14. Becoming an Adult in the New Millennium: How the Transition to Adulthood is Changed

    Monica Santoro


Alessandro Cavalli

Ken Roberts

About the Editors

Valentina Cuzzocrea is Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Sociology at the University of Cagliari (Italy). In 2018, she coedited with B. G. Bello the special issue ‘Making space for youth in Contemporary Italian Studies’ in Journal of Modern Italian Studies.

Barbara Giovanna Bello is Postdoc in Sociology of Law at the University of Milan. She is trainer in the area of human rights, lawyer and mediator. Her research interests cover intersectionality, antidiscrimination law, legislative effectiveness, youth. In 2018 she co-edited with Valentina Cuzzocrea the special issue 'Making space for youth in Contemporary Italian Studies’ in Journal of Modern Italian Studies.

Yuri Kazepov is Professor of International Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Vienna (Austria). His fields of interest are urban governance, citizenship and urban quality of life, social policies in comparative perspective.

About the Series

Youth, Young Adulthood and Society

The Youth, Young Adulthood and Society series approaches youth as a distinct area, bringing together social scientists from many disciplines to present cutting-edge research monographs and collections on young people in societies around the world today. The books present original, exciting research, with strongly theoretically- and empirically-grounded analysis, advancing the field of youth studies. Originally set up and edited by Andy Furlong, the series presents interdisciplinary and truly international, comparative research monographs.

Contacts for the series:

Professor Tracy Shildrick: [email protected]

Professor John Goodwin: [email protected]

Professor Henrietta O'Connor: [email protected]

Emily Briggs at Routledge: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General