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Virtual Democracies: Social Media and Democratization of the Public Sphere in the Arab World

Virtual Democracies: Social Media and Democratization of the Public Sphere in the Arab World (Hardback)

By De Vriese, Leila

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The Arab Spring raises many important questions about modern mass communication; how has social media changed contentious politics? To what extent have Information and Communication Technologies in general and social media specifically contributed to the democratization of the pu... read full description below.

ISBN 9781409455127
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Published 28 August 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781409455127
ISBN-10 1409455122
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Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publication Date 28 August 2019
International Publication Date 28 August 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By De Vriese, Leila
Category Media Studies
Social & Political Philosophy
Political Structures: Democracy
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Width: 159mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Communication & Media
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 302.231095365
Catalogue Code Not specified

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The Arab Spring raises many important questions about modern mass communication; how has social media changed contentious politics? To what extent have Information and Communication Technologies in general and social media specifically contributed to the democratization of the public sphere? Has participation in social networking spaces politicized previously apolitical populations? By assessing key events leading up to the Arab Spring, exploring important developments during the uprisings and debating possible outcomes Leila DeVries argues that social media has not only democratized the public sphere but has also shifted the content of public discourse and the very nature of contentious politics. Focusing on Egypt and Bahrain, two countries with similarly large ICT penetration, extensive social media communities and very vocal cyber activists she examines the reasons why they experienced such different outcomes in the struggle for democracy. Combining analysis of the Arab Spring with theoretical and conceptual discussions on new social movements and activism, new media, the public sphere and democratization this book examines the events of the Arab Spring within the theoretical perspectives necessary to unpack and analyze the protests and situate them within the wider tradition of contentious politics

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