296 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
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.
Valentina Cuzzocrea, Barbara Giovanna Bello and Yuri Kazepov
I. ACTIVISM, PARTICIPATION AND CITIZENSHIP
Massimiliano Andretta and Donatella della Porta
Cinzia Albanesi, Elvira Cicognani and Bruna Zani
II. WORK, EMPLOYMENT AND CAREERS
Sonia Bertolini and Valentina Moiso
Marianna Filandri and Tiziana Nazio
Rossella Bozzon, Annalisa Murgia and Caterina Peroni
III. MOVES, TRANSITIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS
Antonella Spanò and Markieta Domecka
Dalit Contini, Federica Cugnata and Andrea Scagni
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]