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Investigating changing work and economic cultures through the lens of youth employment : a case study from a psychosocial perspective in Italy

Fiorella Bucci (UGent) and Stijn Vanheule (UGent)
(2020) YOUNG.
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Changes in the forms and cultural meanings of work have gone deep during the last decades, with the transient nature of work becoming the norm rather than the exception. This is impacting particularly on youth employment, as Italy’s case epitomizes. Based on interview and focus group data, our study provides a multidimensional model to read and map the multiple tensions young people experience, at an emotional level, on entering today’s corporations. Our findings show, on the one hand, that young professionals’ expectation of work as a place of social learning and exchange clashes with the corporate focus on assimilating young people into target-oriented environments. On the other hand, both in younger and older workers, we found the experience of labour relationships that struggle to direct themselves towards a creative purpose and a developmental prospect, while tending to collapse emotionally inwards, in a fight for security.
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Young people, work crisis, labour flexibility, life transitions, corporate cultures, development, Emotional Textual Analysis, Italy, TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT

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Bucci, Fiorella, and Stijn Vanheule. “Investigating Changing Work and Economic Cultures through the Lens of Youth Employment : A Case Study from a Psychosocial Perspective in Italy.” YOUNG, 2020.
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Bucci, F., & Vanheule, S. (2020). Investigating changing work and economic cultures through the lens of youth employment : a case study from a psychosocial perspective in Italy. YOUNG.
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Bucci, Fiorella, and Stijn Vanheule. 2020. “Investigating Changing Work and Economic Cultures through the Lens of Youth Employment : A Case Study from a Psychosocial Perspective in Italy.” YOUNG.
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Bucci, Fiorella, and Stijn Vanheule. 2020. “Investigating Changing Work and Economic Cultures through the Lens of Youth Employment : A Case Study from a Psychosocial Perspective in Italy.” YOUNG.
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Bucci F, Vanheule S. Investigating changing work and economic cultures through the lens of youth employment : a case study from a psychosocial perspective in Italy. YOUNG. 2020;
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F. Bucci and S. Vanheule, “Investigating changing work and economic cultures through the lens of youth employment : a case study from a psychosocial perspective in Italy,” YOUNG, 2020.
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  abstract     = {Changes in the forms and cultural meanings of work have gone deep during the last decades, with the transient nature of work becoming the norm rather than the exception. This is impacting particularly on youth employment, as Italy’s case epitomizes. Based on interview and focus group data, our study provides a multidimensional model to read and map the multiple tensions young people experience, at an emotional level, on entering today’s corporations. Our findings show, on the one hand, that young professionals’ expectation of work as a place of social learning and exchange clashes with the corporate focus on assimilating young people into target-oriented environments. On the other hand, both in younger and older workers, we found the experience of labour relationships that struggle to direct themselves towards a creative purpose and a developmental prospect, while tending to collapse emotionally inwards, in a fight for security.},
  author       = {Bucci, Fiorella and Vanheule, Stijn},
  issn         = {1103-3088},
  journal      = {YOUNG},
  keywords     = {Young people,work crisis,labour flexibility,life transitions,corporate cultures,development,Emotional Textual Analysis,Italy,TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Investigating changing work and economic cultures through the lens of youth employment : a case study from a psychosocial perspective in Italy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1103308819857412},
  year         = {2020},
}

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