Young and Social Investment. The paradox of Italy

One of the principle of Social Investment lies in the promotion of the educational level of the young, in the assumption that having more education will help in access more good jobs. But what happen when the good jobs are scarcely available for the deficiencies of the labour demand? This is the question behind the chapter “The Social Investment challenge and young Italians”, published in the book Italian Youth in International Context. Belonging, Constraints and Opportunities, Routledge 2019.

In the chapter I carefully examine the situation of young workers in Italy, showing the incapacity of labour market to integrate them for the shortage of good jobs available in the Italian labour market. I then take in account two policies inspired by the principle of Social Investment: Youth Guarantee and Apprenticeship in Higher Education. By looking at the performance of the outcome, I can highlight how the failure of the measure is due more for a limited interest of the employers then for a lack of activation of policy target.

The pre-print version of the article is available on UAB DDD, from October 2022.

What lies behind Solidarity? A critical examination of social innovation

In the newly published book of Nicholls and Ziegler “Creating Space for Social Innovation” (Oxford University Press) you can find a chapter on my research on Solidarity Purchasing Groups. The chapter is entitled “Creating alternative economic spaces. The socially innovative practices of solidarity purchasing groups” and it includes an examination of the concept of solidarity and how it is put in practice by the activities of the Solidarity Purchasing Groups.

I start from the theory of Tuomela and I use his classification of the various form of solidarity (I-perspective, I/We perspective, We perspective) to understand the practice of the groups. The chapter shows how social innovations as Solidarity Purchasing Groups only rarely involve in activities acknowledgeable fully as a We perspective solidarity. Their activities are, in fact, mostly favorable to their members or their primary networks.

The article is accessible in DDD UAB, starting from December 2021.

New article on Solidarity Purchasing Groups published on the RES

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of the article “Solidarity Purchasing Groups as social innovators: an analysis of alternative food networks in Italy” written with my colleague and friend Davide Arcidiacono.

Alternative Food Networks’ debate look at the way societies cope with the increasing marketization of food.

This article uses the primary data collected within the project CRESSI and explores the role of the marketization of food in the economic marginalization of small farmers in Italy. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, it shows how solidarity purchasing groups – as the most important alternative food networks in Italy – are only partially able to tackle the disadvantage suffered by farmers.

The article is published in the open-access journal Revista Espanola de Sociologia and it is freely available for download in the UAB DDD.

Please submit your abstract to REPS 2020!

Despite the MSCA funded project VINe has officially closed in June 2019, we are still working hard on the hints that followed. For this reason, together with Margarita León we have proposed a session at the next 2019 edition of the REPS, to be held in Bilbao (1st-3rd July). The session is entitled “Educación infantil y equidad” and it is part of the panel on family, care, and childhood. We aim at collecting papers that explore inequality in access to early childhood education and care, with specific attention to presentations that explore the role of local policies.

You can submit your abstract before 31st January 2020. Please find all the information on the REPS 2019 conference website. Contribution in English and from other countries than Spain are warmly encouraged.

CfP The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe

I am so happy to announce the Call for Papers of the new Research Topic published in Frontiers in Sociology. The CfP is entitled “The Intersections of Economic Insecurity, Non-Standard Employment and Gender in Southern Europe” and it is coedited with Christiana Ierodiakonou, from the University of Cyprus.

The Call for Papers aims to explore how gender and non-standard employment might explain the exposure to economic insecurity in Southern Europe. We call for contributions that apply an intersectional frame, studying gender in combination with different dimensions of inequalities (e.g. migrant backgrounds, classes, living in peripherical or fragile territories, etc). The following type of papers are welcomed: comparative or one-country cases in Southern Europe, theoretical or empirical studies, qualitative or quantitative analysis.

Please send your expression of interest to lara.maestripieri@gmail.com. Abstract submission closes February 15th, 2020.

This initiative is part of the dissemination activities made thanks to the MSCA Funded Project VINe, G.A. 747433