Wired Citizenship examines the evolving patterns of youth learning and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In today’s digital age, in which formal schooling often competes with the peer-driven outlets provided by social media, youth all over the globe have forged new models of civic engagement, rewriting the script of what it means to live in a democratic society. As a result, state-society relationships have shifted—never more clearly than in the MENA region, where recent uprisings were spurred by the mobilization of tech-savvy and politicized youth.

Combining original research with a thorough exploration of theories of democracy, communications, and critical pedagogy, this edited collection describes how youth are performing citizenship, innovating systems of learning, and re-imagining the practices of activism in the information age. Recent case studies illustrate the context-specific effects of these revolutionary new forms of learning and social engagement in the MENA region.

chapter 1|16 pages


Wired and Revolutionary in the Middle East and North Africa
ByLinda Herrera, Rehab Sakr

section I|85 pages

Virtual Learning for Critical Citizenship

chapter 2|20 pages

Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age

A View from Egypt 1
ByLinda Herrera

chapter 3|21 pages

Morocco On-Trial

De-Colonial Logic and Transformative Practice in Cyberspace
ByCharis Boutieri

chapter 4|16 pages

Children's Citizenship

Revolution and the Seeds of an Alternative Future in Egypt
ByChiara Diana

chapter 5|13 pages

Cyberspace in Turkey

A “Youthful” Space for Expressing Powerful Discontent and Suffering
ByDemet Lüküslü

chapter 6|13 pages

Distorting Digital Citizenship

Khaled Said, Facebook, and Egypt's Streets
ByAmro Ali, Dina El-Sharnouby

section II|92 pages

Internet, Geopolitics, and Redefining the Political

chapter 7|16 pages

“Hungry for Freedom”

Palestine Youth Activism in the Era of Social Media
ByMira Nabulsi

chapter 8|18 pages

Opening Networks, Sealing Borders

Youth and Racist Discourse on the Internet
ByMiranda Christou, Elena Ioannidou

chapter 9|14 pages

Computer Intimacy

Digitally Mediated Democratization of Arab Youth Culture
ByCatherine Cornet

chapter 10|14 pages

“We are not all Malala”

Children and Citizenship in the Age of Internet and Drones
ByFauzia Rahman

chapter 11|13 pages

The Power of Online Networks

Citizenship among Muslim Brotherhood Cyber Youth
ByRehab Sakr

chapter 12|15 pages

Digital Technology as Surveillance

The Green Movement in Iran 1
ByNarges Bajoghli