La giovinezza nelle società in transizione. Un approccio morfogenetico

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Youth in transition societies. A morphogenetic approach

Diego Mesa

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Youth takes shape, as a horizon of possibilities, from the material, cultural and social conditions in which the transition to adult life takes place. However, it is the choices and behaviors of individual young people who live these situations that remodulate the boundaries, identities and meanings of this age in interaction with peers and adults, in public spaces as in private life. Starting from a reconstruction of the main research traditions on youth conditions, the book presents a sociological approach that intends to give an account of the dual transformation over time (morphogenesis) of the structures of society and of people (young people) in society. In the light of this model, an analysis of youth changes in the Italian context is proposed, ranging from the baby boom to the economic-political-social crisis of today and embraces the main areas of life of young people: the family, the scholastic-working career, the social participation and the loisir. At the bottom, even the young people who grew up in the Italy of the crisis seem to have concerns similar to those of previous generations (cultivating friendships and affections, having fun, having an occupation, pursuing a mission or a personal passion). Rather, the reflective ways with which these concerns are combined and mediated with an increasingly uncertain and temporary social reality change.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Youth in transition societies. A morphogenetic approach
Original languageItalian
PublisherFranco Angeli
Number of pages238
ISBN (Print)9788891705938
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Giovani
  • agency
  • morfogenesi


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