1st Edition

Youth and the Politics of the Present Coping with Complexity and Ambivalence

Edited By Enzo Colombo, Paola Rebughini Copyright 2019
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Youth and the Politics of the Present presents a range of topical sociological investigations into various aspects of the everyday practices of young adults in different European contexts. Indeed, this volume provides an original and provocative investigation of various current central issues surrounding the effects of globalization and the directions in which Western societies are steering their future.

    Containing a wide range of empirical and comparative examples from across Europe, this title highlights how young adults are trying to implement new forms of understanding, interpretation and action to cope with unprecedented situations; developing new forms of relationships, identifications and belonging while they experience new and unprecedented forms of inclusion and exclusion. Grounding this exploration is the suggestion that careful observations of the everyday practices of young adults can be an excellent vantage point to grasp how and in what direction the future of contemporary Western societies is heading.

    Offering an original and provocative investigation, Youth and the Politics of the Present will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Youth Studies, Globalization Studies, Migration Studies, Gender Studies and Social Policy.

    A complex uncertainty: young people in the riddle of the present

    Enzo Colombo and Paola Rebughini

    Part I: Complexity

    1. Learning (not) to labour: how middle-class young adults look for creative jobs in a precarious time in Italy

    Lorenzo Domaneschi

    2. Negotiating reality through the prosumption of the 'unreal' self: young people’s identities in an age of economic precarity

    Konstantinos Theodoridis, Steven Miles and Kevin Albertson

    3. ‘Flexi-lives’: facing the mobility imperative

    Valentina Cuzzocrea


    Part II: Uncertainty

    4. Fragile transitions from education to employment: youth, gender and migrant status in the EU

    Çetin Çelik, Fatoş Gökşen, Alpay Filiztekin, İbrahim Öker and Mark Smith

    5. Precarious and creative: youth facing uncertainty in the labour market

    Sonia Bertolini, Valentina Moiso and Marge Unt

    6. Youth and precariousness in Spain: beyond a waiting time

    Benjamín Tejerina

    7. The myth of flexibility: young adults’ expectations of work in the digital economy in Milan

    Alessandro Gandini and Luisa Leonini

    8. Uncertainty management strategies in the process of identity formation of Polish young adults

    Monika Banaś


    Part III: Involvement

    9. Young women of Muslim background in France and Britain: personal and public projects

    Danièle Joly

    10. Occupying the city: from social housing to the theatre

    Antimo Luigi Farro and Simone Maddanu

    11. 'I would rather choose a mixed school': young people’s secondary school choice in a low-income, multi-ethnic neighbourhood

    Kirsten Visser

    12. Our Nation’s Future: youth visions of a post-Brexit Britain

    Marco Antonsich, Panagiota Sotiropoulou, Leila Wilmers, Cuomu Zhaxi and Sophie-Louise Hyde


    Enzo Colombo is a Professor of Sociology and Culture at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.

    Paola Rebughini is Professor of Sociology of Culture at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.