This paper deals with the relationship between different typologies of ethical consumption and the new dimensions of civic participation. Based on data obtained through research carried out on young people attending their final year in Marsican high schools, the author detects "consonance" between higher degrees of ethical consumption behavior and lifestyles exhibiting greater commitment to civic and social responsibility. Among the young people in the sample, in fact, a growing awareness of the social spin-offs of consumption processes is accompanied by a greater attention to public interest topics and, in general, a less detached attitude towards politics itself Moreover, analysis of the data collected brought to light a link between a high endowment of cultural and communicative capital on the part of an individual, and the adoption by that individual of more ethical consumption styles. The data also highlighted the fundamental role that consumption patterns and attitudes in the family play in socializing young people into ethical consumption.
Keywords: Young people, ethical consumption, civic participation, cultural capital, social capital, lifestyles