Looking at Young People through the Temporal Lens
All of this happens, in particular in southern Europe, in a period marked by the recent dramatic recession that has not only accentuated young people's vulnerability in terms of the labour market, the risk of social exclusion and poverty. It has also had a direct influence on their self-representation and their capacity for agency, both of which are also connected with their relationship with time.
On a more general level, a specific contradiction in contemporary young people’s lives has to be underlined: the increasing gap between the well-known issue of delayed and non-linear transition to adulthood and the acceleration of social life through the affirmation of a culture of immediacy, widespread in institutions and society. In this scenario, young people try to build forms of active and creative relations with the present to deal effectively and profitably with the evanescence of the future (and the past).