chapter  2
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The Discursive Context and Contentious Field of Precarity in Italy

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book shows that the literature on media and social movements has developed in four clusters: mainstream analogue media, alternative analogue media, alternative digital media and mainstream digital media. It explains the two categories of activist media practices proved to be particularly significant in unfolding the meanings and evolutions of grassroots political communication in the framework of precarious workers struggles: media knowledge practices and relational media practices. The book explores the construction of public identities linked to Italian mobilisations against precarity also rested on representations offered by, and circulating amongst, different media outlets, from the mainstream to the alternative. It analyses the basic elements of the circuit of grassroots political communication are activist media practices, the guiding analytical tool. The book outlines the many sites, audiences and supports that characterise the visibility of non-institutional political actors today.