Arab Mediterranean Youth and the Representation of the Future
The paper will address these issues drawing on qualitative research on the representations of the future expressed by young people of Arab Mediterranean origin in Italy. It explores how their orientation towards the future is changing, mostly in relation to the dramatic political change of their countries of origin. According to current research, prevalent narratives of the future expressed by European youths seem to be articulated around the idea of the crisis, while the visions of the Arab youths tend more to convey an idea of trust and progress. The analysis will show how the young people of Arab Mediterranean origin who live in Italy deal with these divergent visions of the future, coming to an original synthesis between these polarities.
The paper is part of the FP7 research project “Empowering the new generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries (SAHWA)”.