Coping with Uncertainty: Youth in the Middle East and North Africa
DescriptionSeven years after the Arab uprisings, the social situation has deteriorated across the Middle East and North Africa. Political, economic and personal insecurities have expanded and, 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? This landmark volume offers the most in-depth, comprehensive study on young people in the Arab world to date. In 2016 and 2017, an international interdisciplinary team of researchers conducted interviews with nine thousand young people aged 16-30 from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. Given how rapidly events have moved in the Middle East and North Africa, their findings, which are drawn together in this volume, are in many regards unexpected.
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About the Author
Jorg Gertel is Professor of Arabic and Geography and Global Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He specialises in the field of youth, food and nomadic studies, focusing on the changing notions of insecurity and uncertainty.
Ralf Hexel is the Head of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, an institute which aims to promote social justice and democratic values through the analysis of current political issues, in Berlin, Germany.