A New Youth?: Young People, Generations And Family Life by Elisabetta Ruspini, Carmen Leccardi

By Elisabetta Ruspini, Carmen Leccardi

"A New Youth?" presents a cross-cultural viewpoint at the demanding situations and difficulties posed by means of younger people's transition to maturity. The authors handle questions corresponding to: What are the reports of being younger in numerous eu international locations? What will we know about the diversities of being younger in non-European nations? Are youngsters constructing new attitudes in the direction of society? What are the dangers linked to the transition of teen to maturity? will we establish new attitudes approximately citizenship? And on a extra basic point, are there reviews and new social meanings linked to formative years? the amount is comparative among quite a few ecu and non-European international locations as a way to determine the rising versions of transition. those features are hooked up with broader social, political and cultural alterations: adjustments with regards to prolonged schooling, expanding women's participation within the labour industry, altering welfare regimes, in addition to alterations in political regimes and within the illustration and building of person identities and biographies, in the direction of an expanding individualization. The paintings deals serious reflections within the realm of sociology of teen by way of delivering broader understandings of the time period 'youth'. The special research of latest types of marginality and social exclusion between youth bargains precious perception for coverage improvement and political debate.

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Personally, I’m always in a rush (Giorgio, 28, IT expert, lives alone). Time is too pressured, pressured... like, when you’re talking to people it seems that everyone is in a rush but don’t really know where they’re going. There’s a general sort of production logic, so that any time you’re not producing something, you’re not doing something useful, you feel guilty... it’s a social thing, not personal (Paolo, 29, unemployed, lives at home). Today there’s so much more to do in the same amount of time.

So I have a lot of different projects that can be integrated with one another – for work, for my love life, for politics. He lists these projects in other parts of the interview. What should be specifically underscored is the conviction which pervades Francesco’s biographical narration: whatever happens, whatever unexpected event emerges on the horizon, he makes it clear that he will be able to recoup a planning dimension, a control over time-of-life. While quite distinct from the first group of interviews analysed (that is, those characterized by a reference to ‘guidelines’ and ‘chance’) because of greater biographical structuring, here, too, appear those ‘principles of action’ that serve as a general tool of orientation – and hence as an antidote to uncertainty.

Generally, it may be said that the imperative to choose does not go hand in hand with the certainty that personal decisions will be able to weigh effectively on future biographical outcomes. If this is the overall framework that today distinguishes European young people, what are the specific characteristics that pertain to Italian young people? First of all, it is advisable to keep in mind the typology of models of transition to adulthood proposed by Cavalli and Galland (1995) to understand these specifics.

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