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Networked Publics and Digital Contention

The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia

By Mohamed Zayani

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 power relations, 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 political sociology of media, Networked Publics and Digital Contention provides a unique perspective on how networked Arab publics reimagine citizenship, reinvent politics, and produce change.

  • Offers a fresh perspective on how the Internet is redefining the locus of politics
  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of digitally connected social movements
  • Draws on extensive fieldwork and in-depth interviews with media activists
  • Presents an ethnographically nuanced and theoretically grounded analysis of digital contention in an authoritarian context

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia
Author: Mohamed Zayani
Published: 2015
Pages: 304
: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190239770

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