The present theoretical study proposes a critical diagnosis of the relationships among work, education, and contemporary youths through a brief dialogue with the social thinking of Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot. Its main concern lies in the rise of new subjective arrangements within the context of neoliberalism. In order to think of these relationships, we have considered three conceptual traits derived from the works of the selected authors: the understanding of the crisis as a permanent way of life, the emphasis on the emotional aspects and on the performance/enjoyment device, and the reassignment of youth training to the territory of the common. Throughout the study, it is evidenced that an analytical, critical, and unorthodox framework, backed by a specific reinterpretation of Marx’s thinking combined with other contributions, as treated by Dardot and Laval, displays a significant heuristic potentiality to think about the concepts of work, education, and youth in the current Brazilian context.
education; work; youth; sociology of education