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Protest, Youth and Precariousness: The Unfinished Fight against Austerity in Portugal

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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)

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“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: Sociology Political and Economic Anthropology History (General)
Area: Europe Southern Europe


List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

José Alberto Vasconcelos Simões and Renato Miguel Carmo

Part I: Youth Precariousness, Work and Collective Action

Chapter 1. Precarious Futures: From Non-Standard Jobs to an Uncertain Tomorrow
Renato Miguel Carmo and Ana Rita Matias

Chapter 2. Neither ‘New’ nor ‘Normal’: Tales of Precarity from a Life Course Follow-Up Study with Young Adults in Portugal (2009–2016)
Magda Nico

Chapter 3. Precariousness and Multiple-Engagement Activism in Portugal
Nuno de Almeida Alves and David Cairns

Chapter 4. Collective Action at a Crossroad: Trade Unions and Social Movements in the Age of Labour Precariousness and Austerity
Dora Fonseca

Chapter 5. The Precariat Strikes Back? Political Alternatives to Labour Degradation
José Soeiro

Part II: Protest, Media and Democracy

Chapter 6. Contentious Portugal: Reverberation of the 1974 Revolution in the Portuguese Anti-Austerity Cycle of Protest
Guya Accornero

Chapter 7. Forms of Action, Forms of Organisation and Survival Strategies in the Portuguese Anti-Austerity Protests
Britta Baumgarten

Chapter 8. Digital Media, Youth and the New Grammars of Activism in Portugal
José Alberto Vasconcelos Simões and Ricardo Campos

Chapter 9. Reinstitutionalising Democracy: The Role of the Portuguese Elections in Temporally Taming the Democratic Crisis
Jonas Van Vossole

Conclusion: Towards a Post-Austerity Turn?
Renato Miguel Carmo and José Alberto Vasconcelos Simões


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