Contemporary Challenges and Risks
Edited by Lourdes Gaitán, Yannis Pechtelidis, Catarina Tomás and Natália Fernandes
Chapter 2: Introduction to Part I
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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