Beyond Mainstream Media and Communication Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings

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Beyond Mainstream Media and Communication Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings


  • Hanan Badr Department of Mass Communication and Media, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait
  • Lena-Maria Möller Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Germany


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Abstract:  This editorial argues for more research connecting media and communication as a discipline and the Arab Uprisings that goes beyond the mainstream techno-deterministic perceptions. The contributions in this thematic issue can be summarized around three central arguments: First, mainstream media, like TV and journalism, are central and relevant actors in the post-Arab Uprisings phase which have often been overlooked in previous literature. Second, marginalized actors are still engaged in asymmetric power struggles due to their vulnerable status, the precarious political economy, or a marginalized geographic location outside centralized polities. Finally, the third strand of argument is the innovative transnational geographic and chronological synapses that studying media and Arab Uprisings can bring. The editorial calls for more critical and interdisciplinary approaches that follow a region marked by inherent instability and uncertainty.

Keywords:  Arab Uprisings; critical research; interdisciplinary; journalism; media asymmetries; power dynamics; transnational comparison

Published:   17 December 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v9i4.5151


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