Occidentalism in Arab youth research?

Iván Martín - Wednesday 01 October 2014

Edward Said’s classic, Orientalism (1977), highlighted the bias of western cultural representations of Arab peoples, searching always for exoticism in their individual behaviour and social practices. More »

Shabab-ologies: Researching Arab Mediterranean Youth

José Sánchez. Researcher, Coordinator of Work Package 1 - Friday 29 August 2014

Through the interdisciplinary empiricism of the SAHWA project, we aspire to build a complex description and analysis of Arab Mediterranean youth, looking for the historical and social reasons for their situation, as well as remarking on the relational character of the juvenile worlds that are actively constructed by young people in the Arab Mediterranean countries.The aim is to understand these young people, not as a continuous and ahistorical social group, but as one that is dynamic and discontinuous, in which its members are a heterogeneous category that is diachronically and synchronically constructed by themselves. Over the coming months, we will discuss new directions for research, based on what we encounter in our navigation, our reflections and our workshop discussions. More »

Let's study 50 million young people

Iván Martín - Thursday 05 June 2014

The SAHWA Project (Researching Arab Mediterranean Youth: Towards a New Social Contract) endeavours to explore youth perspectives and prospects. As a starting point, it is useful to bear in mind some basic figures about our object of study: we are dealing with 50 million young people aged 15 to 30 in the five SAHWA countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon), which is 30% of their total population, the largest generation in the history of those countries. That number—the “youth bulge” as those analysing the demographic transition call it—will not decrease in the next generation or so: by 2020 there will be close to 60 million, and, for most of these countries, they will continue growing until at least 2030. More »

Mainstreaming Youth Migration, not Young Migrants

Iván Martín - Monday 12 May 2014

A new report by the United Nations reminds us of an obvious fact: the large majority of migrants are young people. But the policy implications of these figures are not always well understood. Targeted policies are required in order to integrate these young migrants into their destination countries, to protect them during migration, and to prepare them before they take their migration decision. But this is not enough: what is needed is a radical rethinking of public policies in all domains, well beyond migration itself, to adapt to this far-reaching phenomenon. More »