Protests and Generations: Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean


The aim of Protests and Generations is to problematize the relations between generations and protests in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Most of the work on recent protests insists on the newness of their manifestation but leave unexplored the various links that exist between them and what preceded them. Mark Muhannad Ayyash and Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (Eds.) argue that their articulation relies at once on historical ties and their rejection. It is precisely this tension that the chapters of the book address in specifically documenting several case studies that highlight the generating processes by which generations and protests are connected. What the production and use of generation brings to scholarly understanding of the protests and the ability to articulate them is one of the major questions this collection addresses.

Contributors are: Mark Muhannad Ayyash, Lorenzo Cini, Éric Gobe, Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, Andrea Hajek, Chaymaa Hassabo, Gal Levy, Ilana Kaufman, Sunaina Maira, Mohammad Massala, Matthieu Rey, Gökbörü Sarp Tanyildiz, and Stephen Luis Vilaseca.

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Mark Muhannad Ayyash is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Peace Studies Initiative at Mount Royal University. His recent publications examine examine Palestinian youth movements, theorizing violence, and the work of Edward Said.

Ratiba Hadj-Moussa is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her publications explore the new forms of the political, the margins, media and public sphere in North Africa, and laicité in France and Quebec.

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Introduction: Conceptualizing Generations and Protests
Mark Muhannad Ayyash and Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

Part 1: Forms of Protest and the Production of Generations

1 Palestinian Youth in Israel: A New Generational Style of Activism?
Mohammad Massalha, Ilana Kaufman and Gal Levy

2 From Student to General Struggle: The Protests against the Neoliberal Reforms in Higher Education in Contemporary Italy
Lorenzo Cini

3 Lawyers Mobilizing in the Tunisian Uprising: A Matter of ‘generations’?
Éric Gobe

Part 2: Genealogies of Generational Formations

4 2003: A Turning Point in the Formation of Syrian Youth
Matthieu Rey

5 Together, but Divided: Trajectories of a Generation of Egyptian Political Activists (from 2005 to the Revolution)
Chaymaa Hassabo

6 The Gezi Protests: The Making of the Next Left Generation in Turkey
Gökbörü Sarp Tanyildiz

Part 3: Memory, History and the “New Generation”

7 ‘Freedom is a Daily Practice’: The Palestinian Youth Movement and Jil Oslo
Sunaina Maira

8 The Double Presence of Southern Algerians: Space, Generation and Unemployment
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

9 “We are not heiresses”: Generational Memory, Heritage and Inheritance in Contemporary Italian Feminism
Andrea Hajek

10 Echoes of Ricardo Mella: Reading Twenty-First Century Youth Protest Movements through the Lens of an Early Twentieth-Century Anarchist
Stephen Luis Vilaseca
All interested in activism and social movements, struggles in politics and gender, protest and generations and anyone concerned by memory, the margins and youth.
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