Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia by Mohamed Zayani

Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia

byMohamed Zayani

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How is the adoption of digital media in the Arab world affecting the relationship between the state and its subjects? What new forms of online engagement and strategies of resistance have emerged from the aspirations of digitally empowered citizens in the Middle East and North Africa?Networked Publics and Digital Contention narrates the story of the co-evolution of technology and society in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab uprisings. It explores the emergence of a digital culture of contention that helped networked publics negotiate their lived reality, reconfigure powerrelations, and ultimately redefine the locus of politics. It broadens the focus from narrow debates about the role that social media played in the Arab uprisings toward a fresh understanding of how changes in media affect the state-society relationship over time. Based on extensive fieldwork, in-depth interviews with Internet activists, and immersive analyses of online communication, this book draws our attention away from the tools of political communication and refocuses it on the politics of communication. An original contribution to the politicalsociology of media, Networked Publics and Digital Contention provides a unique perspective on how networked Arab publics reimagine citizenship, reinvent politics, and produce change.

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Mohamed Zayani is Associate Professor of Critical Theory at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Director of the Media and Politics Program. His works include The Al Jazeera Phenomenon: Critical Perspectives on New Arab Media and The Culture of Al Jazeera: Inside an Arab Media Giant.
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Title:Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in TunisiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.42 inPublished:September 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordAcknowledgements1. Introduction: On Digital Contention and Everyday Life2. The Mirage of Progress: A Nation's Unfulfilled Promise3. A Crisis of Authority: Offline Activism and Simmering Discontent4. Cyber Activism Comes of Age: Activists, Diasporas and Networks5. The Politicization of the Blogosphere: When Diarists Become Activists6. The Battle over Internet Control: From the Web to the Street7. Mediatizing the Revolution: The Appeal of Social Networks8. Post-Revolutionary Dynamics: Changes and ChallengesAppendixNotesReferencesIndex

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"Zayani's marvelous book traces the backstory of cyberactivism in Tunisia...and the ways in which online spaces came to redefine the scope of politics itself." --Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill