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New Book: Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation

This book focuses on women and Turkish cinema in the context of gender politics, cultural identity and representation. The central proposition of this book is that enforced depolticisation introduced after the coup is responsible for uniting feminism and film in 1980s Turkey. The feminist movement was able to flourish precisely because it was not perceived as political or politically significant. In a parallel move in the films of the 1980s there was an increased tendency to focus on the individual, on women’s issues and lives, in order to avoid the overtly political.
 
El-Nawawy, Mohammed; Khamis, Sahar, Cyberactivists Paving the Way for the Arab Spring: Voices from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, 2012 abstract full text
Mohammed El-Nawawy and Sahar Khamis, Cyberactivists Paving the Way for the Arab Spring: Voices from Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, 2012
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New Book: Prophetic Critique and Popular Media: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications

Although this book is diverse in perspective, each author seeks to expose how the content, institutions, and technologies of popular media alternately support—or undermine—the basic values of equality, human dignity, and social justice. By foregrounding such universal principles, the authors distinguish their arguments from critical/cultural scholarship that fails to acknowledge its own normative foundations and implicit theology of culture. The authors demonstrate the efficacy of this framework by applying it to specific case studies in popular media including theater, film, music, journalism, and digital culture. The book argues that the prophetic critique of mass media is essential to maintaining a productive tension between religious communities and the institutions of secular democracy.

New Book: Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

The book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking Civil Society Organizations, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
 
Root, Anton, Beyond the Soapbox: Facebook and the Public Sphere in Egypt. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2012 abstract full text
 
Campbell, Heidi A.; Hawk, Diana, Al Jazeera’s Framing of Social Media During the Arab Spring. CyberOrient, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 2012 abstract full text
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