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"The Arab State and (Absent) Civility in New Communicative Spaces"

Murphy, Emma C.



This study examines how Arab states have constructed national regulatory regimes for satellite television and telecommunications which undermine or inhibit the emergence of the three normative requisites for a civil political culture: freedom, equality and tolerance. Drawing on case studies of Jordan, Egypt and the UAE, the study argues that, by failing to be either self-limiting or to protect civil society from its uncivil components in the new communicative spaces provided by these technologies, the Arab states are attempting to reconstruct their own dominant (new) media spaces and so prevent the conditions which might foster democratic political cultures of civility.


Murphy, E. C. (2011). "The Arab State and (Absent) Civility in New Communicative Spaces". Third World Quarterly, 32(5), 959-980.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2011
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2011
Journal Third World Quarterly
Print ISSN 0143-6597
Electronic ISSN 1360-2241
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 5
Pages 959-980