S. Scanagatta, Socializzazione e capitale umano, CEDAM, Padova, 2002

In his work, the author elaborates a theoretical view that, starting from an analysis of both the youth culture and the Italian school-systems, focuses on the dynamics of socialisation processes in a “virtual” contemporary society. Globalisation prompts us to view education as a life-long process, going far beyond both traditional school education and vocational training. Hence, the single social actor stands at the core of this work, for he/she is the one who can, through his/her decisions, define the effectiveness of the many formative opportunities offered by various institutions and organisations. Acting within his microsocial context, the subject can elaborate his own life project which includes, among other things, the managing of his lifelong education. Human capital, then, can’t be measured merely by summing up the societal costs of qualifying an active worker/citizen: also the optimisation of educational and formative resources created by the individuals should be taken into account.
Key-words: Youth culture, virtual society, globalisation, human capital, effectiveness