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Being Young, Male and Saudi
Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom

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  • Author: Mark C. Thompson, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Date Published: November 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316636367

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  • Although the position of Saudi women within society draws media attention throughout the world, young Saudi men remain part of a silent mass, their thoughts and views rarely heard outside of the Kingdom. Based on primary research across Saudi Arabia with young men from a diverse range of backgrounds, Mark C. Thompson allows for this distinct group of voices to be heard, revealing their opinions and attitudes towards the societal and economic transformations affecting their lives within a gender-segregated society and examining the challenges and dilemmas facing young Saudi men in the twenty-first century. From ideas and beliefs about, identity, education, employment, marriage prospects and gender segregation, as well as political participation and exclusion, this study in turn invites us to reconsider the future of Saudi Arabia as a globalized kingdom.

    • Compliments current media focus on the interaction between politics and youth culture in Saudi Arabia
    • Representative of a distinct group of voices, rarely heard outside the Kingdom
    • Based on diverse primary research and unique insight into the everyday lives of young Saudi men
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is widely accessible, but is especially useful for students and scholars interested in the Middle East and the everyday lives of men in the region.' J. Alkorani, Choice

    ‘Mark Thompson’s indispensable, book, Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom, breaks new ground for Saudi watchers and academics and is well overdue … There is an excellent bibliography and hundreds of useful notes.’ Caroline Montagu, Asian Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316636367
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction and background
    1. What is Saudi? Identity, religiosity and generational divides
    2. The Saudi 'social contract' under strain: employment, housing and healthcare
    3. The new media revolution, public opinion and the relationship between the governing and governed
    4. Education, societal transformation and globalization
    5. Masculinity, gender relations and marriage
    6. Distrust, fault lines and recreation
    7. Saudi Vision 2030 and national development
    Conclusion: youth, Saudi Arabia's human capital.

  • Author

    Mark C. Thompson, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
    Mark C. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and Senior Associate Fellow at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia. His articles have been published in the Journal of Arabian Studies, Asian Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy and Gulf Affairs, he is the author of Saudi Arabia and the Path to Political Change: National Dialogue and Civil Society (2014) and co-editor of Policy-Making in the GCC: State, Citizens and Institutions (2017) with Dr Neil Quilliam.

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