Chapter 12: Keeping the store in order: an ethnography of youth activism's everyday work
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Common understandings of youth activism in social movement organisations tend to focus largely on what young people do in the public sphere and to conceive young activists’ work only as the public sphere’s actions they take part in. This chapter challenges these ideas by shedding light on the work carried out by young activists backstage to ensure the functioning and adaptation to change of their organisations. Based on an ethnography conducted on an Italian social movement organisation, the chapter conceptualises ‘storekeeping’ as the ensemble of resource management strategies and care work activities young activists engage in on a daily level. Exploring how the activists’ ‘everyday work’ sustains the functioning of a complex and multifaceted organisation, the chapter discusses the relevance of ‘storekeeping activities’ to better understand changes in youth movements’ repertoires of actions occurring in the public sphere.

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