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.
Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
Part III: Involvement
9. Young women of Muslim background in France and Britain: personal and public projects
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
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.