Italian middle class is disappearingby Roberta Lunghini - 2017.05.17
In Italy, for some time now, it is no longer possible to divide the population into the standard social classes that used to be applied. Take, for example, blue-collar workers, who are almost extinct, or the middle class, that has within it, numerous income levels that are much less consolidated than the name evokes. At least, this is the snapshot that has been depicted by the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), in its annual report that was recently presented. This, its 25th edition, describes, in particular, new groups (that substitute the past traditional ones), which can now be used to assign Italian social classes different definitions and labels than earlier ones. In fact, there are 9: low-income families with foreigners; low-income families with Italian components only; provincial, traditional families; single elderly and young unemployed; families of retired blue-collar workers; young blue-collar workers; families of salaried employees; receivers of extremely generous pensions; business executives.
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