Social Media in Iran
Fig. 1. Social Media in Iran. Courtesy of State University of New York Press, 2015.

State University of New York Press published a book titled "Social Media in Iran: Politics and Society After 2009" edited by David M. Faris and Babak Rahimi.

Publication Data

Faris, David M. & Rahimi, Babak (Eds.). Social Media in Iran: Politics and Society After 2009. University of State University of New York Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4384-5883-0.


Social Media in Iran is the first book to tell the complex story of how and why the Iranian people—including women, homosexuals, dissidents, artists, and even state actors—use social media technology, and in doing so create a contentious environment wherein new identities and realities are constructed. Drawing together emerging and established scholars in communication, culture, and media studies, this volume considers the role of social media in Iranian society, particularly the time during and after the controversial 2009 presidential election, a watershed moment in the postrevolutionary history of Iran. While regional specialists may find studies on specific themes useful, the aim of this volume is to provide broad narratives of actor-based conceptions of media technology, an approach that focuses on the experiential and social networking processes of digital practices in the information era extended beyond cultural specificities. Students and scholars of regional and media studies will find this volume rich with empirical and theoretical insights on the subject of how technologies shape political and everyday life.

Table of Contents

Part I. Societal
1. Facebook Iran: Social Capital and the Iranian Social Media
2. Gender Roles in the Social Media World of Iranian Women
3. The Role of Social Media in the Lives of Gay Iranians
4. Disabled Iranians on Social Media: Reflections on the Empowering Experiences of the Iranian PWDs in the Blogosphere
Part II. Politics
5. The Politics of Online Journalism in Iran
6. The Persian Blogosphere in Dissent
7. The Politics and Anti-Politics of Facebook in Context of the Iranian 2009 Presidential Elections and Beyond
8. Trans-spatial Public Action: The Geography of Iranian Post-Election Protests in the Age of Web 2.0
9. Balatarin: Gatekeepers and the Politics of a Persian Social Media Site
10. Architectures of Control and Mobilization in Egypt and Iran
11. Social Media and the Islamic Republic
12. Political Memory and Social Media: The Case of Neda
Part III. Culture
13. Iranian Cinema and Social Media
14. The Online Avant-Garde: Iranian Video Art and Its Technological Rebellion

About the Authors

David M. Faris is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Roosevelt University and the author of Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt

Babak Rahimi is Associate Professor of Communication, Culture, and Religion at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Theater State and the Formation of Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590–1641 CE.

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