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Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries. Based on this analysis, the extent to which the Arab Spring signifies the ushering in of a new cultural episode in the region is also assessed.