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Middle Eastern Youth and the Arab Spring: Cross-National Variation and Trends in Values 29 septembre 2014

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PSC Research Report (Population Studies Center) No. 14-828, September 2014, 61 p.
University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Mansoor Moaddel & Julie de Jong *

Although scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring, little empirical evidence substantiates this claim or depicts how the younger age groups may differ from the older in value orientation. In this paper, we analyze data from values surveys carried out in the Middle East in the past decades, assessing both cross-national variation in values and broad trends in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries. Based on this analysis, we also assess the extent to which the Arab Spring signifies the ushering in of a new cultural episode in the region.

Countries of focus: Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey.

* Mansoor Moaddel, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, and Research Professor at National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism, University of Maryland.. Julie de Jong, Research Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

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