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.
|Title of host publication||Experiencing long-term unemployment in Europe : youth on the edge|
|Editors||Christian Lahusen, Marco Giugni|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Oct 2016|
- youth unemployment
- social exclusion
- material deprivation