Egypt Youth and Violence Project

Mansoor Moaddel, P.I.

This developmental idealism project is a component of a larger project on youth and violence in Egypt and Saudi Arabia headed by Dr. Mansoor Moaddel. The project is motivated by the understanding that young adulthood is the crucial formative period of the life span for formulating, the period when the individual is most vulnerable to the influences of social and political forces. The project carried out a survey of youth between ages 18 and 25 in Egypt, as well as in Saudi Arabia, in 2005. Egyptian youth were sampled from Cairo, Alexandria, and El-Menya. The survey questionnaire addressed a variety of issues, including attitudes about developmental idealism; attitudes toward important sociopolitical, gender, and religious issues; attitudes toward religious fundamentalism and political violence; the sources of epistemic authority-the sources of knowledge the youth use in forming opinion about important issues and deciding their educational goals and career-and the respondents' backgrounds and social attributes.

Future analyses will focus on understanding possible influences on the endorsement and rejection of the various ideas and values measured. Potential influences include media exposure and demographic attributes.

Project Documentation:

Recent Pub

Allendor & Thornton. "Caste and Choice: The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marriage Behavior." American Journal of Sociology.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius & Swindle. Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of World Development Programs. Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Serap Kavas. 'Wardrobe Modernity': Western Attire as a Tool of Modernization in Turkey. Middle Eastern Studies.

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan