Professor Elhum Haghighat Releases New Book

Demography and Democracy: Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa have recently experienced one of the highest population growth rates in the world, something which has profoundly affected the wider region and its institutions. In addition, the recent period of unprecedented political turbulence has further complicated the picture, resulting in uprisings and resistance movements that have coincided with intense shifts in socio-cultural norms, as well as economic and political change. Through highlighting the links between population dynamics and the social and political transitions, this book published by Cambridge University Press, provides a new view of these recent regional changes. The complexity of the changes is further explained in the context of demographic transitions (mortality, fertility, migration) that work hand in hand with development (economic and social modernization) and ultimately, democratization (political modernization). These three Ds (Demographic, Development and Democratic transitions) are central to Elhum Haghighat’s analysis of the Middle East and North Africa at this crucial time.

Elhum Haghighat is a professor of Political Science (and Chair) at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interests include Demography, Development & Democratization, Politics of Inequality, Social Justice, and Politics of Gender in addition to her continued interest in the nexus between education, work and social mobility. Her regions/countries of expertise are the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and the United States. Her publications have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Middle East Critique; American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences; Identities: Journal of Politics, Gender and Culture; Industrial Relations, A Journal of Economy and Society; International Review of Sociology/Revue Internationale de Sociologie, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, International Studies in Sociology of Education. Her first book is titled, Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Change & Continuity (2010 & 2012, Palgrave-Macmillan).

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