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The Public Sphere and Satellite Television in North Africa

Gender, Identity, Critique

Author(s): Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

Book Description

The advent of satellite television and its adoption in the Maghreb brought about a profound social change. This book, which explores the relationships between the media and the public sphere, shows that the simple and quotidian act of watching satellite television as opposed to national television mobilizes novel ways of expressing identities along with a range of critical positions targeting political regimes. By bringing certain topics hitherto hardly present to the center of homes, the media reveals the pivotal functions of gender relations, which are today at the heart of social and political matters in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Based on extensive fieldwork, this book offers a unique interpretation of the use of satellite television in authoritarian contexts and contributes to a better understanding of the media and the political public sphere.

The book will interest teachers and students in communication, political studies, gender studies, sociology and anthropology of the Arab worlds and the Mediterranean.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0367-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0367-4
Date of Publication: 01/01/2018
Pages / Size: 222 / A5
Price: £61.99


Ratiba Hadj-Moussa is Professor of Cultural and Political Sociology in the Department of Sociology at York University, Canada. Her research interests include the relations of the political, the ordinary and the margins; new forms of popular mobilisations; laicité in France and Quebec; archives and political histories, and art and visual expressive forms in North Africa. She is the author of Le corps, l’histoire, le territoire dans le cinéma algérien; and the co-editor of Mondes méditeranéens. L’Émeute au Coeur du politique; Suffering, Arts and Aesthetics; and Protests and Generations in the Mena and the Mediterranean: Legacies and Emergence.