Youth and Revolution in Tunisia

Alcinda Honwana


A revealing account of the revolution that kick-started the Arab Spring, utilizing first-person testimony from those on the ground. 
The uprising in Tunisia has come to be seen as the first true revolution of the twenty-first century, one that kick-started the series of upheavals across the region now known as the Arab Spring. In this remarkable work, Alcinda Honwana goes beyond superficial accounts of what occurred to explore the defining role of the country's youth, and in particular the cyber activist.

Drawing on fresh testimony from those who shaped events, the book describes in detail the experiences of young activists through the 29 days of the revolution and the challenges they encountered after the fall of the regime and the dismantling of the ruling party. Now, as old and newly established political forces are moving into the political void created by Ben Ali's departure, tensions between the older and younger generations are sharpening.

An essential account of an event that has inspired the world, and its potential repercussions for the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

Author Bio

Alcinda Honwana is visiting professor of anthropology and international development at the Open University (UK). She was chair in international development at the Open University and taught anthropology at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, University of Cape Town and the New School in New York.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Disconnections
  • 2. Mobilisation
  • 3. Revolution
  • 4. Transition
  • 5. Elections
  • 6. New government, new constitution
  • 7. Women's rights
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword


'Alcinda Honwana's study of the Tunisian revolution is remarkable for its extensive use of the views of Tunisia's youth about the roles they played and the marginalisation they feel over the events of 2010 and 2011. Her book gives us a rare insight into the way in which the downfall of the Ben Ali regime was encompassed and what has happened to the aspirations of those most immediately involved. As such it is an invaluable addition to our knowledge of the wider revolution in the Arab world today.'
George Joffé, University of Cambridge

'Alcinda's book is an excellent analysis of the youth's contribution in the Tunisian revolution. This comes as no surprise as Alcinda was able to build excellent relations with the youth who spoke with her openly about their role in the revolution as well as their hopes about the future.'
Hakim Ben Hammouda, African Development Bank

'A uniquely insightful study on how a revolutionary process in the Arab world began.'
George Joffé, University of Cambridge


Publication Date: 11 July 2013
264 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781780324616
Hardback: 9781780324623
eBook ePub: 9781780324647
eBook PDF: 9781780324630
eBook Kindle: 9781780324654

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