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dc.contributor.advisor Rieker, Martina Mansour, Fatma AbdulMalik 2015-09-07T12:58:21Z 2015-09-07T22:00:11Z 2013 Spring en_US 2015-09-07
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to study cyber-activism as a new social phenomenon in the context of the Arab revolutions particularly in Egypt and Yemen from two different perspectives. The first one is a global perspective in which I intend to situate this new social phenomenon called “cyberactivism” in its spatial-temporal context in order to explore the following questions: What are the possibilities and the limitations of cyberactivism as a new site of resistance particularly in the context of Egypt and Yemen? To what extent can cyberactivism challenge the dominant logics which enabled the emergence to these possibilities within communicative capitalism? Are there new possibilities of resistance that exist within or outside these hegemonic logics? This thesis postulates that linking cyberactivism with capitalist production and labour relations is crucial to answer the previous questions given that the same production and reproduction processes structure define both social relations and these new technologies. Hence, cyberactivism, this thesis argues, constitutes a new site of resistance that has emerged out of these new hegemonic cognitive and immaterial practices of laboring. Secondly, this thesis explores cyberactivism as a new social phenomenon through a New Social Movements (NSM) perspective. It asks the following questions, can cyberactivism in the context of the so-called “Arab Spring”, particularly in Egypt and Yemen, be a new kind of social movement that can be studied and traced within the NSM framework? What are the potentials of such a perspective particularly in constructing new political subjects? In order to answer these questions this thesis engages and compares the NSM logics and theories with the nature and dynamics of the cyberactivism in an attempt to conceptualize a theoretical framework for this new phenomenon in order to further our understanding as well as capture its possibilities and limitations. en_US
dc.format.extent 141 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject cyber-activism en_US
dc.subject Social Media en_US
dc.subject Arab Revolutions en_US
dc.subject Social Movements en_US
dc.subject New Social Movements en_US
dc.subject Egypt en_US
dc.subject Yemen en_US
dc.subject Cyber Activists en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Cyber-activism: engendering political subjects within new logics of resistance in contemporary Egypt and Yemen en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East/North Africa en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Cynthia Nelson Center for Gender and Women's Studies en_US
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sabea, Hanan
dc.contributor.committeeMember Terrell, Jennifer

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