The main aim of the project is to identify and analyze how contemporary young people in Italy today project into the future and how this informs young people’s current lives, strategies and multiple transitions. Futurity is understood and analyzed as a complex field made of various forms of anticipation (aspirations, hopes, expectations, projects, dreams) connected in multiple configurations. Together with gaining further insight into Italian youth Italian youth, the project aims to contribute to the theoretical and methodological understanding of futurity. The project involves four Italian Universities: Cagliari, Milano Bicocca, Calabria and Napoli Federico II and is coordinated by Giuliana Mandich (University of Cagliari).
MAPPING YOUTH FUTURES
DOING RESEARCH WITHIN COVID-19
We started this project a few months before the pandemic that is disrupting the everyday experiences of people all over the world. Should we reframe our research to capture the spirit of the times? To what extent are youth futures being redefined by the covid-19 pandemic? What is it, in substance, that reconfigures our research objectives, and how can we activate the most appropriate reflexive approach? Thus far, as a research group we have started to explore ways of continuing our research, trusting that sociological tools will enable us to capture the possibly of profound resignification of categories of futurity and temporality emerging in this situation.
About mapping Youth
WHY STUDY FORMS OF ANTICIPATION AND YOUTH AGENCY
According to many, Italian youth have experienced an inexorable downward spiral...
MAPPING FUTURES: A SURVEY
In order to map the field of futurity young people inhabit, we carry out a survey on a statistically representative sample of the Italian population ...
NARRATIVES OF THE FUTURE
The intangibility of the future has been widely discussed in sociological literature ...
MOBILE YOUNG PEOPLE
Lit is often assumed that recent experiences of mobility inevitably lead to more opportunities for the young people involved,...
YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN NON-CONVENTIONAL FORMS OF POLITICAL ACTION.
According to both official surveys and public discourse, young people have little interest in politics and are scarcely involved in traditional political organizations ...
YOUNG PEOPLE BELONGING TO THE SO-CALLED “SECOND-GENERATION OF IMMIGRANTS”
According to Italian research it seems that amongst young people belonging to the so-called ‘second-generation of immigrants’ ...
YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF START-UPS
This focus concerns young people involved in training projects which promote digital start-ups in the context of a national programme (Contamination Lab), aimed at fostering youth entrepreneurship ..