9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN30 Youth and Generation

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Youth Values and Attitudes Building II, Auditório B2.04

Social representations at crossroads: generations and social division of labour

The aim of the paper is to analyse social representations of young adults about the gender division of social labour and the role of work as one of the dimensions in the individual life.
Starting from the concept of generation and changing of social cohesion processes in contemporary society, it will be studied the overlap among the different life dimensions for individual and coordination processes of social organization. The role of labour and the types of network construction of each person are crucial to understand the mechanisms of social identity definition.

In today's society, the changing of representations of the individual life equilibria, regarding the organization of the relation system with society, works and culture in the literature are usually related to the dichotomy of public and private spheres.
Hypothesis of the paper is that this dichotomy cannot explain the complexity of the new axes of opposition between public and private and individual life. It should be useful to reconsider theoretically the mechanism of social representation construction.
The paper contains also a proposal for an empirical design to investigate these issues, specifically for young people (in the range from 25 and 35 years), using different techniques: narrative interviews and semantic/relational map. In this way it is possible to focus the attention not only on the meaning of social representation but also on the mechanisms and on the practises of their construction.