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PRIN - RISING. Rising Inequality and Social Insecurity of the middle classes

Goal: RISIng contributes to a better understanding of the crisis of the middle class in Italy and Europe by focusing on the spread of several forms of social insecurity. By social insecurity we mean the risk of experiencing economic uncertainty, income loss or financial strain, which may be more or less transitory and of limited duration. Such adverse conditions represent a threat to the material independence of individuals and households.

RISIng will last 36 months, starting in August 2019.

RISIng is divided into the following tasks:

WP1 – Measurement of Social Insecurity
WP2 – Explaining the drivers of the Social Insecurity
WP3 – Insecurity and inequality: at the crossroad of events and attributes
WP4 – Social insecurity, employment and welfare

The project is funded by Italian Ministry of Education, PRIN2017

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Andrea Bellini
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Since the beginning of the sociological debate on social classes, the middle class has been defined negatively for what it is not: lying in the middle between the bourgeoisie and the working class. This article aims to translate the terms of the problem positively, shifting the focus from determining «what is» or «who is in» the middle class to understanding the inherent meaning of «being» middle class. For this purpose, it draws a map of the main theoretical approaches and research works that, following Bourdieu’s example, were designed to investigate the cultural practices that middle-class people engage in to identify as a group and distinguish themselves from others. The article reveals that, in the variety of culture-based approaches, the concept of class assumes a markedly relational character, which expresses itself in the symbolic struggles that are inherent to the everyday practices of distinction.
Andrea Parma
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Il tema dell’insicurezza economica è apparso con grande frequenza nel dibattito scientifico e politico successivo alla Grande Recessione. Pur essendo riconosciuta come un aspetto importante, manca sinora un accordo intorno ad una chiara definizione di insicurezza economica. Questo contributo è, dunque, finalizzato a presentare la discussione scientifica sinora sviluppata, focalizzandosi sulle definizioni proposte e sulle loro correlate misurazioni.
Andrea Bellini
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Sin dagli albori del dibattito sociologico sulle classi, il ceto medio è stato definito “in negativo”, per ciò che non è, in quanto “mondo di mezzo” tra borghesia e classe operaia. Gli approcci tradizionali, come è noto, fanno riferimento all’occupazione come criterio di stratificazione primario o esclusivo. Con Bourdieu, tuttavia, si inaugura una stagione di studi che indagano le pratiche culturali che chi si posiziona, appunto, nel ceto medio mette in atto per definire le “persone come noi”. Questo paper si propone di tratteggiare una mappa degli approcci teorici che si collocano in questo filone di studi. A tal fine, presenta i risultati di un’analisi dei riferimenti bibliografici di 150 articoli pubblicati in riviste scientifiche tra il 2001 e il 2019, presenti in Web of Science. La conclusione cui esso giunge è che, nella pluralità di approcci “culturalisti”, il concetto di classe assume un carattere marcatamente relazionale, che si esprime nelle lotte simboliche che si consumano nelle pratiche di distinzione.
Lara Maestripieri
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Lara Maestripieri
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RISIng contributes to a better understanding of the crisis of the middle class in Italy and Europe by focusing on the spread of several forms of social insecurity. By social insecurity we mean the risk of experiencing economic uncertainty, income loss or financial strain, which may be more or less transitory and of limited duration. Such adverse conditions represent a threat to the material independence of individuals and households.
RISIng will last 36 months, starting in August 2019.
RISIng is divided into the following tasks:
WP1 – Measurement of Social Insecurity
WP2 – Explaining the drivers of the Social Insecurity
WP3 – Insecurity and inequality: at the crossroad of events and attributes
WP4 – Social insecurity, employment and welfare
The project is funded by Italian Ministry of Education, PRIN2017