Wired Citizenship
Fig. 1. Wired Citizenship. Courtesy of Routledge, 2014.

Routledge published a new book titled "Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East" edited by Linda Herrera.

Publication Data

Herrera, Linda (Ed.). Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-415-85394-1.


Wired Citizenship examines the evolving patterns of youth learning and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In today’s digital age, in which formal schooling often competes with the peer-driven outlets provided by social media, youth all over the globe have forged new models of civic engagement, rewriting the script of what it means to live in a democratic society. As a result, state-society relationships have shifted—never more clearly than in the MENA region, where recent uprisings were spurred by the mobilization of tech-savvy and politicized youth.

Combining original research with a thorough exploration of theories of democracy, communications, and critical pedagogy, this edited collection describes how youth are performing citizenship, innovating systems of learning, and re-imagining the practices of activism in the information age. Recent case studies illustrate the context-specific effects of these revolutionary new forms of learning and social engagement in the MENA region.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Wired and Revolutionary in the Middle East and North Africa by Linda Herrera & Rehab Sakr
Section I: Virtual Learning for Critical Citizenship
Chapter 2: Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt by Linda Herrera (republished from Harvard Educational Review)
Chapter 3: Morocco On-Trial: De-colonial Logic and Transformative Practice in Cyberspace by Charis Boutieri
Chapter 4: Children’s Citizenship: Revolution and the Seeds of an Alternative Future in Egypt by Chiara Diana
Chapter 5: Cyberspace in Turkey: A “youthful” space for expressing powerful discontent and suffering by Demet Lüküslü
Chapter 6: Distorting Digital Citizenship: Khaled Said, Facebook, and Egypt’s Streets by Amro Ali & Dina El-Sharnouby
Section II: Internet, Geopolitics and Redefining the Political
Chapter 7: “Hungry for Freedom” Palestine Youth Activism in the Era of Social Media by Mira Nabulsi
Chapter 8: Opening Networks, Sealing Borders: Youth and Racist Discourse on the Internet by Miranda Christou & Elena Ioannidou
Chapter 9: Computer Intimacy: Digitally-Mediated Democratization of Arab Youth Culture by Catherine Cornet
Chapter 10: “We Are Not All Malala”: Children and Citizenship in the Age of Internet & Drones by Fauzia Rahman
Chapter 11: The Power of Online Networks: Citizenship among Muslim Brotherhood Cyber Youth by Rehab Sakr
Chapter 12: Digital Technology as Surveillance: The Green Movement in Iran by Narges Bajoghli

About the Author

Linda Herrera is Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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