Title

New Media, Political Mobilization, and the Arab Spring

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Habibul H. Khondker, Zayed University

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition

Publication Date

3-26-2015

Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article seeks to review the impact of the new media on political mobilization in the Arab Spring of 2011. The article examines the relationship between the information communication technology, especially the new media and its consequences - both intended and unintended - on social movement in the Middle East and North Africa region. Tracing the various arguments in social science literature and taking into account the political developments in the region, the article concludes that on the one hand new media played a critical role in political mobilization culminating in the Arab Spring and on the other hand, the new media can also be used as repressive tools by the authoritarian rulers to their advantage.

ISBN

9780080970875

Publisher

Elsevier

First Page

798

Last Page

804

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keywords

Civil society, Democratization, ICT, New media, Political mobilization, Protest, The Arab spring

Scopus ID

85043425306

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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