Seven years after the Arab uprisings, the social situation has deteriorated across the Middle East and North Africa. Political, economic and personal insecurities have expanded while income from oil declined and tourist revenues have collapsed due to political instability. Against a backdrop of escalating armed conflicts and disintegrating state structures, many have been forced from their homes, creating millions of internally displaced persons and refugees. Young people are often the ones hit hardest by the turmoil. How do they cope with these ongoing uncertainties, and what drives them to pursue their own dreams in spite of these hardships?
In this landmark volume, an international interdisciplinary team of researchers assess a survey of 9,000 sixteen- to thirty-year-olds from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, resulting in the most comprehensive, in-depth study of young people in the MENA region to date. Given how rapidly events have moved in the Middle East and North Africa, the findings are in many regards unexpected.
About the Contributors
Jörg Gertel is Professor of Arabic Studies and Economic Geography at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Ralf Hexel is Director of the Department for the Near/Middle East and North Africa at the Friderich-Ebert-Stiftung.
‘This is a most useful contribution to the understanding of the upheaval that is shaking the Arab world, a diligent investigation whose value is enhanced by the dearth of reliable statistical sociological surveys of the region.’
Gilbert Achcar, SOAS University of London, author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising
‘Youth in the Middle East continue to figure prominently in both political dissent and economic deprivation. The surveys and analyses in this book provide some of the best sources to understand the status of Arab youth in the years after the Arab Spring.’
Asef Bayat, University of Illinois, author of Revolution without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring
'A critically important and sophisticated study of youth in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, and recent waves of migration, war, and refugees. It is a must-read to understand how young people maintain their optimism and deeply-held values as they negotiate insecurity and precariousness.'
Diane Singerman, American University, Washington, DC
‘This study presents the results of a 2016 survey of Arabs aged 16 to 30 [which] offer cause for hope.’
‘Hopefully, this book will be read by government officials, people working in developmental aid organisations and others trying to address socio-economic issues related to youth in the MENA region. Because it is so concrete, so well researched and carefully evaluated, this study could be a large help in going beyond platitudes to find tangible solutions for the precarious status of youth today.’