How the Internet is Changing the Practice of Politics in the Middle East: Political Protest, New Social Movements, and Electronic Samizdat

How the Internet is Changing the Practice of Politics in the Middle East: Political Protest, New Social Movements, and Electronic Samizdat

By: Joseph W. Roberts (author)Hardback

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This work examines the socio-economic and socio-political factors that make modern information technology a useful and viable tool for expatriate political and social movements in dealing with the rigid state control of the traditional media in the Middle East. The rigid control of the traditional media by the state in the Middle East has forced social movements in the region to work as expatriate movements based outside the region. By locating themselves outside the rigid control of Middle Eastern states, these social movements are internationalizing their disagreements with the state. They benefit from more liberal laws and greater freedom. The importance of international communication cannot be, but often is, overlooked in the literature. This research systematically addresses the changing nature of social movement and media relations in an increasingly international context. The emphasis is on how the social movements use the new media technologies to construct particular identities to reach a broader audience, promote their agenda(s), recruit new members, and raise funds. The research has broad appeal to scholars of Middle Eastern Studies and social movement research. The research will also appeal to scholars of identity in an international and comparative context.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773447349
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780773447349
  • ISBN10: 0773447342

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