In4Youth – Social Research (2012-2014)


Youth, social capital, labour market integration, transition process, social disorganization, economic crisis, youth umemployment

The research intends to focus on Greek Youth social and labour integration process, based on analysis of two important factors, namely, social capital and cultural capital. Strong social bonds constitute an important integrative factor for youth, in conjuncture with prevailing traditional social and cultural values. Public education (secondary and higher), as well as employment in the public sector , constitute, in this context, a primary social mobility strategy, which is mainly financed by middle class family income and supported by the Greek public education system. However, given the current global economic crisis, and more particularly the Greek one, there is enormous liability to state finances, provoked by the accumulation of a staggering public debt. This has brought both an imbalance and a radical transformation of the current social setting. Rising unemployment, drastic decline of state employment, social and employment risks, push for an emergency rearrangement of individual, as well as family strategies. Youth’s social capital is undergoing a deep transformation, namely through the expansion of social networks and proliferation of weak social ties, thus promoting their professional and geographical mobility. On the other hand, we observe some other groups of young people that tend to adopt practices of social disobedience and active opposition to the established social order and political power as a reaction to social risk and economic hardship. The emergence of new social media has significantly improved communication capabilities and, at the same time, has offered new opportunities for spontaneous mobilization of anti-government protesters, namely, in urban squares. A central hypothesis of the research is that modern youth is segmented into different cohorts, each attached to contradictory political and social practices and networks that are based on a highly differentiated aggregation of social and cultural capital.

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~ by chtouris on August 11, 2013.

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