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Contemporary youth movements and the role of social media in Sudan

Contemporary youth movements and the role of social media in Sudan 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian Journal of African Studies / La Revue Canadienne des etudes Africaines Taylor & Francis

Contemporary youth movements and the role of social media in Sudan

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)
ISSN
1923-3051
eISSN
0008-3968
DOI
10.1080/00083968.2014.953556
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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.

Journal

Canadian Journal of African Studies / La Revue Canadienne des etudes AfricainesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2015

Keywords: Sudan; youth movements; social media; insurrections; Arab Spring

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