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Children and Screen Media in Changing Arab Contexts

An Ethnographic Perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tarik Sabry, Nisrine Mansour
    Pages 99-120
  3. Tarik Sabry, Nisrine Mansour
    Pages 121-133
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 135-147

About this book


‘Made up of a lucid and philosophically alert set of interlinked ethnographies, Sabry and Mansour’s new book provides us with an ethically informed examination of the media encounters of Arab children in everyday contexts. Their rigorous attention to the ways in which social class intersects political events, gender and geography to inflect particular media encounters is tempered by their analysis of features of Arab children’s media experience that cut across contexts.’ – Shakuntala Banaji, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Using a phenomenological and multi-sited ethnographic approach, this book focuses on children’s uses of digital media in three sites – London, Casablanca and Beirut – and situates the study of Arab children and screen media within a wider frame, making connections between local, regional and global media content. The study moves away from a conventional definition of media towards a pluralistic interpretation, and provides key ethnographic findings that reveal how the notion of home is extended across everyday spaces that children occupy. Exploring the relationship between children and media outside of the subject-object hierarchy, it re-connects them in a horizontal mapping of affectivity and intimacy. This book will appeal to scholars specializing in children and the media, digital media, media and cultural studies, media anthropology, philosophy and Middle Eastern studies.



arabic Middle East children screen media radio television internet social media mobile phone videogame cinema media landscape Arab children globalisation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationsUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.Communication and Media Research InstituteUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK

About the authors

Tarik Sabry is a reader in media and communication theory at the University of Westminster, UK. He is author of Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday (2010) and co-founder of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

Nisrine Mansour is a researcher in media, culture and migration, with previous affiliations at the University of Westminster, the University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics, UK. 

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