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

By Elisabetta Ruspini, Carmen Leccardi

"A New Youth?" offers a cross-cultural standpoint at the demanding situations and difficulties posed by means of younger people's transition to maturity. The authors handle questions resembling: What are the reviews of being younger in several eu nations? What do we know about the variations of being younger in non-European international locations? Are youth constructing new attitudes in the direction of society? What are the dangers linked to the transition of adlescent to maturity? will we determine new attitudes approximately citizenship? And on a extra common point, are there stories and new social meanings linked to formative years? the quantity is comparative among numerous ecu and non-European nations for you to establish the rising versions of transition. those features are hooked up with broader social, political and cultural alterations: alterations regarding prolonged schooling, expanding women's participation within the labour marketplace, 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 minor by way of supplying broader understandings of the time period 'youth'. The specified research of latest varieties of marginality and social exclusion between adolescents deals worthwhile perception for coverage improvement and political debate.

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I mean for the time being I’m doing this, then we’ll see... actually, this business of having the near future tied up is a relief, because that’s what I wanted... but the long-term future is really misty, foggy because I haven’t graduated yet, because I still haven’t figured out how to do what I Facing Uncertainty 25 want to do... and therefore the steps to take... I’m taking one thing at a time and then I’ll see. Recourse to the extended present, to the temporal space in which present undertakings are brought to conclusion, therefore always ends up by producing a reassuring effect on the representation of a biographical time increasingly forced to cope with discontinuity – and therefore, in general, hard or impossible to plan.

In the Gabriella of the future, the wonder woman of the future, these things are all inside and equal. The knowledge of the pluralistic nature of existential time therefore reinforces the need to focus on biographical constructions in which space is provided for the many faces of women’s identity, where the ‘equal value’ of these different times is accepted and made socially legitimate. With respect to preceding generations of women – even only with respect to the generation of the mothers – this means a cultural revolution.

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