Resistant Identities: Culture and Politics Among Kuwaiti Youth

Emanuela Buscemi

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The present paper investigates the role of youth in contemporary Kuwait, and how their diverse resistance strategies contest and challenge dominant cultural and political paradigms, affecting identity construction and social patterns. It examines the distance between the government and youth, and a growing crisis of representation through the analysis of three main areas of resistant practices enacted by youth, seemingly interdependent and possibly overlapping: political mobilisation, political radicalisation and civic engagement. Political mobilisation concerns the protests staged in Kuwait mainly in 2012; political radicalisation examines political violence and terrorist episodes, while civic engagement investigates examples from an invigorated civil society. The article investigates and addresses youth practices employing classic and alternative social movements literature developed in Latin America and the Middle East, together with original ethnographic data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Pages (from-to)258-271
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • General Social Sciences


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