Communication Yearbook 34
Communication Yearbook 34. Courtesy of Routledge, 2010.

The literature review chapter "The New Arab Cyberscape: Redefining Boundaries and Reconstructing Public Spheres" co-authored by Sahar Khamis and Vit Sisler has been recently published in Communication Yearbook 34 edited by Charles T. Salmon and published by Routledge.


The chapter analyzes the new Arab media landscape, with a special focus on the growing influence of the Internet in redefining boundaries and reconstructing public spheres in contemporary Arab societies. This includes: preserving authentic cultural norms and religious values while opening the door for more modern and liberal influences; appealing to a “pan-Arab” audience with its own regional interests and cultural specificities while addressing a broader, transnational audience; asserting conformity and compliance with existing political order and traditional authorities while fueling resistance and public discontent; and engaging in confrontations with external forces and international powers while advocating dialogue and engaging in media diplomacy. Special attention is paid to how and why this complex and hybrid Arab “cyberscape” may overlap with, or diverge from, the Habermasian notion of the public sphere. These similarities and differences are explored and examined in light of three contemporary challenges confronting the Arab “cyberscape”: democratization, dialogue, and diaspora.

Publication Data

Communication Yearbook 34, Charles T. Salmon (Ed.), Routledge, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-415-87857-9

About the Book

Communication Yearbook 34 continues the tradition of publishing rich, state-of-the-discipline literature reviews. This volume offers insightful descriptions of communication research as well as reflections on the implications of those findings for other areas of the discipline. Editor Charles T. Salmon presents a volume with diverse chapters from scholars across the globe. Chapters cover a wide range of topics, including nanotechnology, deception, terror management theory, and the rhetorical aftermath of genocide. Commentaries from senior scholars round out the contents, providing insights on the groundbreaking work presented here. As a whole, this volume will be valuable to scholars and researchers across the communication discipline and around the world.

About the Editor

Charles T. Salmon earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota, and nine years later became the first recipient of a named professorship in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Today, he holds the Ellis N. Brandt Chair and is Past Dean of the College, while also holding the position of Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel. His research on public communication, public opinion, and public health has appeared in such journals as: Archives of Internal Medicine, American Behavioral Scientist, Bioethics, Health Education and Behavior, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Public Health Reports, and Public Opinion Quarterly. His books include Information Campaigns: Balancing Social Values and Social Change, and Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent (with Theodore Glasser). He has served on more than fifty doctoral committees and headed a Task Force on the Status and Future of Doctoral Education in Mass Communication.

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