It's Time to Talk about Youth in the Middle East as The Precariat

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In 2011, the year of the Arab uprisings, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class by Guy Standing hit the bookstands. The concept precariat describes the condition of life and labour among educated urbanized youth in the twenty-first century more lucidly and persuasively than the key policy literature on the region, as exemplified in The Arab Human Development Report (AHDR) 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in a Changing Reality. This paper argues that any meaningful conceptualization of youth in North Africa and West Asia going forward should incorporate the notion of precariat and the condition of precariousness.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-44
JournalMiddle East - Topics & Arguments
StatePublished - 2017


  • youth
  • precarity
  • Arab uprisings
  • policy
  • dignity


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