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The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and DemocracyInformation Technology and Political Islam$
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Philip N. Howard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736416

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736416.001.0001

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Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production

Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production

(p.157) Chapter 6 Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production
The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Philip N. Howard (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the more pernicious applications of ICTs, which are used in many Muslim countries not simply for censorship but for actively managing collective identity. The first part of the chapter explores the ways that political culture is now produced and consumed in Muslim countries. It reviews the most recent findings about techniques for political censorship and the efforts of activists to overcome these constraints. The chapter then demonstrates how political elites have effectively used the new media to construct and manage a transnational Muslim identity for people with significantly different cultural backgrounds. Through digital technologies, social elites attempt more than news censorship and email surveillance. They work to manage particular domains of Islamic political culture and identity formation for youth.

Keywords:   information technology, communication technology, Muslim countries, political culture, political censorship, Muslim identity

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