Courting and Containing the Arab Street: Arab Public Opinion, the Middle East and U.S. Public Diplomacy
This paper looks at the nature and dynamics of the so-called Arab street. It examines the forces shaping the Arab public opinion. Arguing that Arab public opinion is a real though subtle force to contend with, this paper takes issue with three prevailing understandings of the political relevance of Arab public opinion: the tendency to celebrate it as omnipotent and liberating; the tendency to view it as submissive and therefore largely ineffective; and the tendency to dismiss it as mythical. A discussion of the historical dimension and socio-political underpinning of these three views will help eschew a reductive categorization of Arab public opinion, highlight its diversity, point out its dynamics, and explore its intricacies. The paper concludes with a discussion of new forces and noteworthy variables which are likely to influence and shape Arab public opinion in the future
External LinkGu-Q library: https://wrlc-gu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=jstor_csp41858543&context=PC&vid=01WRLC_GUNIV:QATAR&search_scope=DN_and_CI&tab=Everything&lang=en
This item is currently unavailable in DigitalGeorgetown due to copyright restrictions by the publisher.
Is Part Of
Arab Studies Quarterly, 30(2).
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Zayani, Mohamed (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 2004)The new media scene of many satellite TV stations stands in marked contrast with a long tradition of state-controlled television. In many instances, although several of the emerging channels are private, private ownership ...