An uncertain future: youth frustration and the Arab Spring
Mulderig, M. Chloe
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Many scholars and media analysts have attributed the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 primarily to the desire for regime change and democracy by citizens in the region. In this paper, M. Chloe Mulderig, a 2011 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow and Boston University doctoral candidate in anthropology who had done field work in the region, argues that cultural and economic factors preventing youth from obtaining the usual markers along the path to adulthood — quality education, secure employment, marriage and family – played a significant role in the uprisings, and that must be acknowledged. Looking at the situation through an anthropological lens, she maintains that countries that don’t begin to address the issues creating widespread youth frustration face the prospect of long-term continued unrest even as new governments are established.
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