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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Tetreault
 
First Name:
Mary Ann
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Room in the Middle? Employment Prospects for Gulf Youth
 
Paper Proposal Text :
Una Chapman Cox Distinguished Professor of International Affairs
Department of Political Science, Trinity University, United States
Email: moontyger@earthlink.net




Abstract

Youth unemployment in the Gulf is often attributed to a lack of educational preparation but its causes actually are more complex. They include patterns of compensation and control over labor that discriminate against unrelated nationals; incompatible shifts in socio-economic expectations and national job markets over time; and clashes of values and goals across and within groups of stakeholders. In my presentation, I will focus on structural impediments to employment which, I argue, grow out of the sociology of succeeding age-cohorts; the configuration and integrity of work places which include gender and sectarian representation; pressures from dominant political constituencies; and outcomes of rentier politics. I argue that skills per se are markers of these clashes and incompatibilities rather than independent sources of mismatch between youth and potential employers. Some of my recent research looks at the role of foreign-affiliated universities in the Gulf while years of prior research immersed me in the experiences of professionals most of whom had studied abroad. While I agree that the educational experience of these two groups differs at many points, I am not convinced that it explains as much of the difference in their work (or unemployment!) experience as the other factors I have noted.
 
 
 

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