Bernadette Jonda

Youth and work in Poland

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This article focuses on selected results, taken from a comparative empirical youth study from 2011 to 2012 that deals with the ‘Change in Norms and Values among Youth’. It mainly concentrates on one aspect: the value of work for young people in Poland, as described by them in group discussions and interviews. Work in general is crucial to being able to realize the visions for the future of Polish youth. Work is a goal in itself, as well as a means to achieve other goals. Particular aspects are put in relation with two youth studies carried out in earlier decades – in 1990–91 and 2001. The text contains numerous quotations originating from the interviews.

 

Piotr Płucienniczak

Artistic, social or political critique? The dilemmas of Krytyka Polityczna

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The paper introduces Krytyka Polityczna, the most important Polish New Left social movement. The author describes the movement's activities according to Boltanski and Chiapello's distinction of modes of critique and Eder's theory of middle-class radicalism. The descriptive and theoretical analysis is supported by the presentation of the initial findings of a quantitative study of Krytyka Polityczna's policies. .

 

Orestis Papadopoulos

The responses of trade unions to the youth unemployment crisis in Greece

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The present article presents the responses of the Greek trade unions to the rise of youth unemployment in Greece after the outbreak of the economic crisis. The main objective of the paper is to depict the problems that young Greeks are facing and the ways that unions are responding to those problems. The austerity measures implemented in Greece, together with the severe deterioration of the employment prospects of young workers, constitute the focal points of this overview. The analysis focuses on how the trade unions in Greece have responded to the austerity measures and what ideological elements inform their positions and strategies.

 

Agnes Reiter

Young, educated and shopping. Clothing, consumption and difference among the educated young in Krasnodar, Russian Federation

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This paper deals with questions of social inequalities in the post-socialist Russian Federation and how young, educated people (university students or young graduates) position themselves within these inequalities. It also addresses how the social stratification of the contemporary Russian Federation affects their actions as consumers. The way they dress and shop for clothes can be seen in a relation to the way they position themselves in society – as intelligent, creative, modest and so on. Their images of other social groups such as ‘the rich’ or ‘the average’, and others, is something they have in mind when putting together their own outfits or choosing places to shop for clothes.

 

emecon No 2/2012