Children's Lives in Southern Europe
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Children's Lives in Southern Europe

Contemporary Challenges and Risks

Edited by Lourdes Gaitán, Yannis Pechtelidis, Catarina Tomás and Natália Fernandes

This interdisciplinary book provides a sociological view of the contemporary experiences of children in Southern Europe. Focusing on regions deeply affected by the 2008 economic crisis, it offers a detailed investigation into the impact of economic downturn and austerity on the lives of children.
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Chapter 2: Introduction to Part I

Catarina Tomás


Part I of the book focuses on current changes in children’s forms of living in four countries in Southern Europe: Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, since the second half of the twentieth century until the crisis from 2008 to 2018. The first section of each chapter will present data regarding the structure of the children and young population, the typology of households and family forms of living, as well as the relevant policies and debates. The second section will focus on particularities of each country. In all chapters, by using socio-demographic indicators, the authors draw a sociological picture to understand children’s forms of living. Although the trajectories of the children in these countries may vary in several areas, such as discrimination, poverty, violence, lack of participation and voice, both in the private and public spheres, it still marks the lives of millions of children.

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