Accepted paper:

The new Italian working class: generations in the firm

Author:

Veronica Ronchi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Paper short abstract:

Based on 90 semi structured interviews to workers in an italian multinational firm (between 2012 and 2013) and an ethnographical analysis focused on generations and knowledge transmission in the firm, my analysis focused on the evolution of the italian working class.

Paper long abstract:

Based on 90 semi structured interviews to workers in an Italian multinational firm (between 2012 and 2013) and an ethnographical analysis focused on generations and knowledge transmission in the firm, my analysis focused on the evolution of the Italian working class. The large Italian manufacturing company is now immersed in a huge anthropological change due to the introduction, in the factory, of digital natives young workers, with high cognitive ability and overinstructed for the work they lead (with high school diploma or university degree). The economic crisis in Italy has imposed new occupational choices. Young people do not recognize themselves belonging to the working class, have an instrumental use of the work and constantly technological change. With all these external incentives can they continue, as their fathers, to work statically in the enterprise manufacturing industry? Survive globalization?

panel P113
Local entrepreneurial responses to global forces: new and alternative enterprise re-configurations in times of crisis and economic hardship (EASA Network for Economic Anthropology)