Academic journal article Italian Sociological Review

Foreword

Academic journal article Italian Sociological Review

Foreword

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This special issue presents the results of the first three years of work by the Osservatorio sulle Strategie di Consumo delle Famiglie (Observatory on Family Consumption Strategies), founded in 2009 by Prof. Domenico Secondulfo and Prof. Luigi Tronca from the Sociology section of our TeSIS Department in Verona and by Dr Maurizio Pessato and Dr Iolanda Di Pelino from SWG. It all stemmed from the group work done by sociologists in Verona in the fields of sociology of consumption and social network analysis. Reflecting on the economic crisis, which seemed to be a temporary short-term phenomenon at the time, their idea was to create a device that could monitor the effort made by Italian families to adapt to the changing economic conditions by following their choices and strategies in the field of consumption, which we feel is more meaningful than income.

It was decided to conduct an annual national survey to understand and monitor the changing responses adopted by families as a result of the incipient economic crisis, rationalising, modifying and limiting their purchasing strategies. The aim was not only to follow the phenomenon on a yearby- year basis, but also to build up over time a uniform and comparable sequence of statistical information. The surveys were carried out on individuals resident in Italy aged 25 or over. The first survey was conducted in 2009 and was then repeated in 2010 and 2011. The samples, which were constructed by research company SWG, were extracted each time from a population of around 60,000 individuals profiled by the research company. …

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