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The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication

Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring

Editors: Hudson, L., Iskandar, A., Kirk, M. (Eds.)

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Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring brings together some of the most celebrated and respected names in Arab media research to reflect on the communication conditions that preceded and made the Arab uprisings possible.

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Bruce Etling, Harvard University, USA and University of Oxford, UK Robert Faris, Harvard University, USA Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, Lumière Lyon 2 University, France Bettina Gräf, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Germany Kai Hafez, University of Erfurt, Germany Leila Hudson, University of Arizona, USA Adel Iskandar, Simon Fraser University, USA John Kelly, Morningside Analytics Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland, College Park, USA Mimi Kirk, Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., USA Mohammed el-Nawawy, Queens University of Charlotte, USA Noha Mellor, Bedfordshire University, UK John Palfrey, Phillips Academy, Andover, USA and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, USA Shawn Powers, Georgia State University, USA Courtney C. Radsch, journalist and scholar Khalil Rinnawi, Tel Aviv University, USA Philip Seib, University of Southern California, USA Vit Sisler, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS, University of London, UK Mohamed Zayani, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

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"This volume will immediately be recognized as a definitive collection on the evolution of the Arab mediascape, not just before the Arab uprisings - the book's primary period of focus - but since 2010 as well. It's breaking down of the new media phenomena into 'older' and 'newer' new media and the nuanced reading of how latter produced the former, its elaboration of a critical theory that captures the difficulty in moving from critically engaged audiences to fully agentic counter publics, and how elites come to grips with and manipulate the forces behind this transition, offers a paradigm for focused interdisciplinary research into the production and contestation of contemporary cultures. What's more, the chapters provide analyses of various aspects of the still inchoate 'new media' universe with a deep yet clearly focused ethnographic vision, and equally important, with a level of theoretical innovation and clarity that sets the stage for Arab media studies in the coming decade. No course on the history of Arab media or the Arab Spring should miss this book." - Mark LeVine, professor, Middle East History University of California Irvine

"A must-read analysis of the impact of the communications revolution on the Arab world and of its contribution to the mass risings of the Arab spring. Brings together novel research on a whole host of central topics including the development of the new vocabulary needed to identify the various communities of men and women engaged in the Arab blogosphere." - Roger Owen, Emeritus Professor of Middle East History, Harvard

"This innovative edited volume by Hudson, Iskandar, and Kirk is at the cutting edge of Arab media theory. It traces the dizzying changes in the media ecosystem over the past fifteen years. The chapters, written by luminaries in the field, cover a breadth of topics from video games and digital Islam, to soft power and the satellite network wars. An indispensable volume for students of Arab politics, contemporary history, and media studies." - Linda Herrera, associate professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, USA

"In the excitement and epistemological confusion about the role of media in the recent Arab uprisings, this rich volume provides a timely reminder that the relationship between media, representation, activism, identity construction, imaginaries and publics has a long history preceding the 2011 events. In speaking to, and addressing the complex, multi-layered phases of technological adoption and use in the Arab world, the chapters provide a holistic and vivid image of a complex and multi-layered media ecosystem that is dynamic and fluid, involving producers and audiences, systems of power and publics, and a system that arose over, and within, specific socio-historical formations. The volume is a welcome contribution to the critical study of media, society and culture in the Arab world and will be particularly useful to students and scholars in the field." - Dina Matar, senior lecturer in Arab Media and Political Communication, SOAS, University of London, UK


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Hudson, Leila (et al.)

  • Arab Media, Political Stagnation, and Civil Engagement: Reflections on the Eve of the Arab Spring

    Pages 15-28

    Zayani, Mohamed

  • New Media, Social Change, and the Communication Revolution in an Egyptian Village

    Pages 29-47

    Khamis, Sahar

  • Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent

    Pages 49-74

    Etling, Bruce (et al.)

  • From Brotherhood to Blogosphere: Dynamics of Cyberactivism and Identity in the Egyptian Ikhwan

    Pages 75-99

    Radsch, Courtney C.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring
Editors
  • L. Hudson
  • A. Iskandar
  • M. Kirk
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40315-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137403155
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40314-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 285
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