Hegemony in the Digital Age

Hegemony in the Digital Age : The Arab/Israeli Conflict Online

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This book examines the relative benefits which the internet provides to a range of weak and powerful actors in American society. The Arab/Israeli conflict is utilized as a topic holding common interest to all of those considered. Evidence suggests that the Web's exploitation by countless competing interests is contributing to the consolidation of dominant discourses and policies surrounding American Mid-East policy, while exacerbating processes of social fragmentation in civil society.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739117726
  • 9780739117729

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1 Introduction: Identity and Authority in the Age of Networks Chapter 4 2 Net-Based Activism and American Mid-East Policy, Part I: Grassroots Mobilization and Political Opportunity Chapter 5 3 Net-Based Activism and Mid-East Policy, Part II: Public Opinion Chapter 6 4 The Voice of Legitimacy:CNN.com and the Arab/Israeli Conflict Chapter 7 5 Hate and Holy War on the WWW, Part I: Confronting the Other Chapter 8 6 Hate and Holy War on the WWW, Part II: The Struggle for Influence Chapter 9 7 Hegemony Reconsidered: The Internet, Civil Society, and Social Fragmentation Chapter 10 Works Cited Chapter 11 Index
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Stephen Marmura has made a signification contribution in this careful examination of the political contest being conducted on the Internet between Arab and Jewish sources. -- Karim H. Karim, award-winning author of Islamic Peril: Media and Global Violence Marmura successfully transcends the commonplace binary observations about the Internet either facilitating social fragmentation or ideological hegemony in this book by introducing an altogether more nuanced reading of web-based political activism. -- Brian D. Loader, editor, Information, Communication & Society Marmura's book is a pathbreaking work on how the World Wide Web is used in the Middle East propaganda war. It deploys innovative analysis of web content emanating from Moslem, Christian and Jewish fundamentalist groups in their efforts to mobilize support for their causes particularly in the U.S arena. His main finding is that in spite of wide access to various sources of information through the internet, dominant discourse on the Middle East retains its support of the status quo. -- Elia Zureik, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Queen's University
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About Stephen M. E. Marmura

Stephen M. E. Marmura is assistant professor of sociology at St. Francis Xavier University.
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