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The In-securitisation of Youth in the South and East Mediterranean

Murphy, Emma

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The securitisation of youth as a social category has been well-documented. For the South and East Mediterranean (SEM) countries, moral panics over demographic youth bulges, Islamist radicalisation and protracted conflicts have placed youth centre-stage as a threat to the security of states and societies. Rejecting such assertions as themselves being what Foucault might have termed ‘technologies of power’ in a neoliberal order, and instead taking a critical approach to security, the spotlight is turned towards youth themselves as the referent object of study. This reveals the multidimensional hyper-precarity and insecuritisation of young peoples’ lives which derive from that same neoliberal economic order and the political structures that sustain it in the SEM countries. The finding resonates with other studies of new, insecure, formats for adulthood in Africa and suggests that we should look at the insecurity of young people today to understand global neoliberal futures in countries beyond the post-industrial ‘core’.


Murphy, E. (2018). The In-securitisation of Youth in the South and East Mediterranean. The International Spectator, 53(2), 21-37.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2018
Online Publication Date May 29, 2018
Publication Date May 29, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 29, 2019
Journal International Spectator
Print ISSN 0393-2729
Electronic ISSN 1751-9721
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 21-37


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Spectator on 29 May 2018, available online:

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