Being Young and Male: Identity and Politics in Saudi Arabia

Although the position of Saudi women within society draws media attention throughout the world, the views of young Saudi men are rarely heard outside of the country. This event seeks to analyse how young men within Saudi Arabia view their prospects and opportunities for education, work, and socialisation. What are their opinions and attitudes towards the socio-economic and cultural transformations affecting their lives within a gender-segregated society? What are some of the challenges and dilemmas facing young Saudi men in the 21st century? Based on primary research across Saudi Arabia with young men from a diverse range of backgrounds, Dr. Mark C. Thompson, author of Being Young, Male, and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom (Cambridge University Press), discusses young Saudi men’s concerns about a variety of topics such as identity, education, employment, marriage prospects, and gender segregation, as well as entertainment and participation in national development.

Join us for this public talk on 9 Jun, 4:00pm to 5:30pm, which will be conducted online via Zoom. This event is free, however, registration is compulsory. All are welcome to participate. An e-invite will be sent to you near the event date.

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About the Speaker:

Dr. Mark C. Thompson is a senior associate fellow and head of the Socio-economic Unit at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) in Riyadh. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.

He has lived and worked intermittently in Saudi Arabia since 2001 for diverse institutions such as Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Saudi Arabian National Guard and Prince Sultan University. He also runs his own consultancy business that offers an objective perspective of contemporary Saudi socio-political issues. His principal research areas are Saudi socio-political development and societal transformation.

In October 2019, Cambridge University Press published his book Being Young, Male, and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom about societal issues and change from the perspective of young Saudi men. He has a forthcoming book co-edited with Dr Neil Quilliam entitled Domestic Policy Making and Governance in Saudi Arabia.


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