The article shows the complexity of the current economic and financial crisis. It applies an intersectional perspective in order to highlight the different effects the present ‘Global Great Recession’ is having on the lives of young people in Italy. Particular attention is given to the young people’s generation location and the consequences of the specific intertwining of gender, ethnic background and cultural capital. By analyzing the condition of young people within the crisis, it is clear that the traditional 'structural' dimensions (such as gender, class, ethnic background, social and cultural capital, the different geographical location, etc.), although still central in determining the effects of crises in individual lives, do not fully reveal useful if considered in isolation. Intersectional analysis evidences that the specific social location, result of the particular crossing of the different structural dimensions, produces distinct configurations of opportunities and constraints, supporting or hindering individual and collective agency.
Keywords: Generation, Young people, Intersectionality, Economic Crisis, Italy, Cultural capital