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    Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age

    A View from Egypt

    Linda Herrera
    Youth and Citizenship in the Digital AgeYouth are coming of age in a digital era and learning and exercising citizenship in fundamentally different ways compared to previous generations. Around the globe, a monumental generational rupture is taking place that is being facilitated—not driven in some inevitable and teleological process—by new media and communication technologies. The bulk of research and theorizing on generations in the digital age has come out of North America and Europe; but to fully understand the rise of an active generation requires a more inclusive global lens, one that reaches to societies where high proportions of educated youth live under conditions of political repression and economic exclusion. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), characterized by authoritarian regimes, surging youth populations, and escalating rates of both youth connectivity and unemployment, provides an ideal vantage point to understand generations and power in the digital age. Building toward this larger perspective, this article probes how Egyptian youth have been learning citizenship, forming a generational consciousness, and actively engaging in politics in the digital age. Author Linda Herrera asks how members of this generation who have been able to trigger revolt might collectively shape the kind of sustained democratic societies to which they aspire. This inquiry is informed theoretically by the sociology of generations and methodologically by biographical research with Egyptian youth.

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    Also available: "Who is Educating the Nation? How the New Media Landscape is Changing the Middle East" by Linda Herrera

    Linda Herrera is a social anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She works in the fields of global studies in education, international development, and youth studies. Her work examines the intersection of youth, education, and power at the local to global levels. She has undertaken critical ethnographic studies of Egyptian schools and biographical research of Muslim youth, and has also carried out analysis of the relationships among international politics, education reform, and youth movements. More recently, Herrera has turned her attention to the sociology of generations, the Arab uprisings, and youth struggles for dignity, livelihoods, and democracy.
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    Fall 2012 Issue


    Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age
    A View from Egypt
    Linda Herrera
    Coming Home
    Hermanos Académicos Reflect on Past and Present Realities as Professors at Their Alma Mater
    Richard J. Reddick and Victor B. Sáenz
    Designing Indigenous Language Revitalization
    Mary Hermes, Megan Bang, and Ananda Marin
    The Illusion of Inclusion
    A Critical Race Theory Textual Analysis of Race and Standards
    Julian Vasquez Heilig, Keffrelyn Brown, and Anthony Brown

    Book Notes

    Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization
    William Zumeta, David W. Breneman, Patrick M. Callan, and Joni E. Finney

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