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Title:Contemporary youth movements and the role of social media in Sudan
Authors:Kadoda, Gada
Hale, SondraISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:49
Issue:1
Pages:215-236
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:urban youth
political action
political change
social media
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2014.953556
Abstract:Youth activism in the last decade has become increasingly associated with new media technologies. The 'Arab Spring', it can be argued, prompted much interest among academics, policymakers and others on the intersection between youth, activism and social media. Although oftentimes seen as threats to authoritarian states, youths have become agents of change in the eyes of international foreign policy developers who claim to be keen on progressive and inclusive governance. This paper reflects on the role of social media in the recent (2011-2013) activism of Sudanese youth, who have taken centre stage at demonstrations calling for regime change, and adopting mechanisms similar to their counterparts in the Middle East/North Africa. While political forms of activism may have been more prominent in the Arab Spring, this paper argues that social media plays a key role in both political and community engagements of contemporary urban Sudanese youth, perhaps pointing to future possibilities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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