Young people, violence, school dropout and art in Tunisian working-class neighbourhoods

Case study of Ettadhamen, Douar Hicher, Fouchana and Sidi Hassine.

Why is International Alert carrying out this study? This is the latest in a long series of studies on violence, socioeconomic precarity and schools in post revolutionary Tunisia. Many of the other research projects in this series have been interested in the margins: working-class districts in Tunis and the Tunisian interior. The same goes for International Alert’s interest in young Tunisians, who we see not only as an age group but also as social actors with a great capacity for innovation – social actors whose socioeconomic position has been muddied by violence and who often feel directionless and alienated as a result of their economic and political exclusion. This study supplements these older projects.