Anonymous, 11 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: politics

New Book: The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

The book compiles cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media. Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

Book: Social Media in Politics: Case Studies on the Political Power of Social Media

This book sets out to analyse the relation between social media and politics by investigating the power of the internet, and more specifically social media, in the political and social discourse. The volume collects original research on the use of social media in political campaigns, electoral marketing, riots and social revolutions, presenting a range of case studies from across the world as well as theoretical and methodological contributions. Examples that explore the use of social media in electoral campaigns include, for instance, studies on the use of Facebook in the 2012 US presidential campaign and in the 2011 Turkish general elections. The final section of the book debates the usage of Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools in mobilizing people for riots and revolutions, presenting and analysing recent events in Istanbul and Egypt, among others.

New Book: The Networked Young Citizen: Social Media, Political Participation and Civic Engagement

The book examines such themes as the possible effects of social media use upon patterns of political socialization; the potential of social media to ameliorate young people’s political inequality; the role of social media communications for enhancing the civic education curriculum; and evidence for social media manifesting new forms of political engagement and participation by young citizens.

Book: Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt

The book explores the social fabric of the city and connects it to Saudi Arabia's recent history. Car drifting emerged after Riyadh was planned, and oil became the main driver of the economy. For young rural migrants, it was a way to reclaim alienating and threatening urban spaces. For the Saudi state, it jeopardized its most basic operations: managing public spaces and enforcing law and order. A police crackdown soon targeted car drifting, feeding a nationwide moral panic led by religious activists who framed youth culture as a public issue. The book retraces the politicization of Riyadh youth and shows that, far from being a marginal event, car drifting is embedded in the country's social violence and economic inequality.

Book: Arab Spring: Uprisings, Powers, Interventions

The book delves beneath the seemingly chaotic nature of events to explore the structural dynamics underpinning popular resistance and their support or suppression. It moves beyond what has usually been defined as Arab Spring nations to include critical views on Bahrain, the Palestinian territories, and Turkey. The research and analysis presented explores not just the immediate protests, but also the historical realization, appropriation, and even institutionalization of these critical voices, as well as the role of international criminal law and legal exceptionalism in authorizing humanitarian interventions.

New Report: PakVotes: A Social Media Experiment in Elections Monitoring

The United States Institute of Peace released a brief PakVotes: A Social Media Experiment in Elections Monitoring authored by Nadia Naviwala. The report analyzes the effectiveness of PakVotes, an experimental project run by a Pakistani NGO and supported by USIP, that brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s 2013 elections.

Workshop: The Arab Uprising: Researching the Revolutions

Sep 22, 2014 – Sep 23, 2014
CBRL British Institute Amman
public sphere, democracy, Middle Eastern studies, ethnography, Arab Spring, politics, Middle East
Apr 30, 2014

Iraqi PM Maliki's Wikipedia Page Hacked

On Thursday 10 April 2014 the Wikipedia profile of the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been hacked. The English version of the page contains two malicious changes, both of them inside the Arabic name of Nouri al-Maliki, calling him "dictator" and "unsuccessful". Maliki's correct name in Arabic is Nouri Kamil al-Maliki, but it has been transformed into "Al-Diktatour Nour Kamil al-Maliki" and "Al-Fashil Nour Kamil al-Maliki", when "diktatour" means a dictator and "fashil" means an unsuccessful or someone who has failed.

International WAFAW Conference: "The Role of Diasporas, Migrants, and Exiles in the Arab Revolutions and Political Transitions"

Oct 15, 2014 – Oct 17, 2014
When Authoritarianism Fails In The Arab World (WAFAW)
Middle Eastern studies, activism, politics, identity, Arab Spring
May 15, 2014
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