The article intends to offer a literature review of Italian sociological research on status communication of Italian middle class in the last fifteen years. We focus on a central topic of sociology of consumption, such as middle class distinction and identity strategies, and on a status group who was strongly affected by the recent economic crisis. The review is structured in two sections. The first section focuses on the middle class consumption strategies before the 2008 economic crisis, the second is aimed to identify the strategies of facing the crisis.
Keywords: Consumption, social identiy, middle class, distinction, economic crisis.