Youth Long-Term Unemployment and Its Social Consequences in Italy: ‘In a World That Does Not Belong to Me’

Lara Monticelli, Simone Baglioni, Matteo Bassoli

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This chapter explores the extent to which long-term unemployment can lead to social exclusion, paying particular attention to the role of material deprivation. Drawing on qualitative semi-structured interviews conducted with 19 young unemployed men and women living in the Italian city of Turin, the authors develop a ‘multilayered’ model that sheds light on the different consequences that the deprivation of basic or leisure goods can have on social isolation, coping strategies and psychological well-being. In this case study, the findings suggest that the lack of work and the inability to enter the labor market are responsible for a delayed transition to adulthood and, ultimately, for the reproduction of social inequalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperiencing Long-Term Unemployment in Europe : Youth on the Edge
EditorsChristian Lahusen, Marco Giugni
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)9781137504869
ISBN (Electronic)9781137504876
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Young People
  • Social Exclusion
  • Social Enterprise
  • Material Deprivation
  • Unemployed Person

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