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Mediated Identities and New Journalism in the Arab World

Mapping the "Arab Spring"

  • Aziz Douai
  • Mohamed Ben Moussa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mediated Identities and “Arab Spring” Politics

  3. New Media Journalism and Political Change

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 211-214

About this book


This book looks into the role played by mediated communication, particularly new and social media, in shaping various forms of struggles around power, identity and religion at a time when the Arab world is going through an unprecedented period of turmoil and upheaval. The book provides unique and multifocal perspectives on how new forms of communication remain at the centre of historical transformations in the region.   

The key focus of this book is not to ascertain the extent to which new communication technologies have generated the Arab spring or led to its aftermaths, but instead question how we can better understand many types of articulations between communication technologies, on the one hand, and forms of resistance, collective action, and modes of expression that have contributed to the recent uprisings and continue to shape the social and political upheavals in the region on the other. The book presents original perspectives and rigorous analysis by specialists and academics from around the world that will certainly enrich the debate around major issues raised by recent historical events.


Arab Spring Social Media Technological Determinism Social Shaping Global Communication Global Protest Globalization Arab Journalism journalism media New Journalism social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Aziz Douai
    • 1
  • Mohamed Ben Moussa
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada
  2. 2.Canadian University of DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

About the editors

Aziz Douai is Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. His research focuses on communication technologies, politics, and social change. 

Mohamed Ben Moussa is Acting Dean of the School of Communication and Media Studies at the Canadian University Dubai, UAE. In addition to contributing to several edited books, his publications have appeared in Applied Journalism & Media Studies, Westminster Papers in Communication & Culture, Arab Media & Society, Canadian Journal of Communication, among others. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mediated Identities and New Journalism in the Arab World
  • Book Subtitle Mapping the "Arab Spring"
  • Editors Aziz Douai
    Mohamed Ben Moussa
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-58140-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84524-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-58141-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Journalism
    Middle Eastern Culture
    Self and Identity
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“Mediated Identities and New Journalism in the Arab World: Mapping the “Arab Spring,” edited by Aziz Douai and Mohamed Ben Moussa, sheds light on the role played by mediated communication, especially new and social media … . Scholars, researchers, students, media workers, and policy makers, who are interested in new ICTs and new journalism, particularly in the Arab world, will find insights in this volume.” (Tingting Hu, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, (1-2), 2018)