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Protest, Youth and Precariousness
The Unfinished Fight against Austerity in Portugal
Edited by Renato Miguel Carmo and José Alberto Vasconcelos Simões
240 pages, 6 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-665-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (April 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-666-1 eBook
“By intersecting precariousness, social movements, youth, and digital media, this volume makes an outstanding contribution to the literature in this field. It is empirically detailed and theoretically sound in its ability to bring forward ideas and reveal the context of how precariousness shapes collective action. Also, by exploring a less known case, it fills a gap in the literature by positioning Portugal in the wider context of crisis movements. Therefore, the book is proficient in linking socioeconomic factors with collective action.” • Mobilization
“By focusing on young people, Protest, Youth, and Precariousness investigates the collective reaction to the economic and financial crisis and the consequent austerity measures most governments have put in place to mitigate or to address it. It questions a precarization of employment that has been accelerated by the crisis and austerity measures. Although the book focuses on one case study, Portugal, the issues it deals with have a much larger scope of relevance, as they affect all European countries and societies.” • Simone Baglioni, Glasgow Caledonian University
After over a decade of the austerity measures that followed the 2008 financial crisis—entailing severe, unpopular policies that have galvanized opposition and frayed social ties—what lies next for European societies? Portugal offers an interesting case for exploring this question, as a nation that was among the hardest hit by austerity and is now seeking a fresh path forward. This collection brings together sociologists, social movement specialists, political scientists, and other scholars to look specifically at how Portuguese youth have navigated this politically and economically difficult period, negotiating uncertain social circumstances as they channel their discontent into protest and collective action.
Renato Miguel Carmo is an Assistant Professor at ISCTE–University Institute of Lisbon and Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-ISCTE).
José Alberto Vasconcelos Simões holds a PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the New University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH), where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology as well as a researcher at the university’s Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA).
Subject: SociologyPolitical and Economic AnthropologyHistory (General)
Area: EuropeSouthern Europe
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