Jobless Citizens: Political Engagement of the Young Unemployed (Hardcover)

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Jobless Citizens: Political Engagement of the Young Unemployed (Hardcover)


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This book examines patterns of political engagement of long-term unemployed youth. The authors show how unemployment affects the personal, social, and political life of young people. Focusing on the case of Geneva in Switzerland, the study shows the importance of socioeconomic, relational, psychological, and institutional resources for the political engagement of unemployed youth. The book shows specifically how the relationship between unemployment and the political engagement of unemployed youth is mediated by a number of factors: their socioeconomic status and more generally their individual background, their level of deprivation and the associated degree of subjective well-being; the social capital that unemployed youth draw from involvement in voluntary associations and interpersonal networks and relations, and the political learning stemming from interactions with welfare institutions and their perception of such interactions.

Students and scholars in areas including Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Youth Studies and Social Policy will find this study of interest.

Marco Giugni is Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Institute of Citizenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research interests include social movements and collective action, immigration and ethnic relations, unemployment and social exclusion. Jasmine Lorenzini is Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy. She currently works on political conflict in the shadow of the great recession. Her research interests include youth unemployment and citizenship with a specific focus on the interplay between social and political inequalities.
Product Details ISBN: 9781349951413
ISBN-10: 1349951412
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
Publication Date: January 5th, 2017
Pages: 143
Language: English