Social Media New and Old in the Al-'Arakeeb Conflict: A Case Study

Amit M. Schejter, Noam Tirosh

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This article on the civic struggles of residents of the demolished Bedouin village of Al-'Arakeeb in Israel demonstrates how social media have helped marginalized communities acquire a voice. It is based on site visits to the village over the course of a year beginning in July 2010, and on interviews with residents, Bedouin and Jewish activists, and journalists covering the conflict. Media strategies of villagers and activists are described and analyzed, and use of new and old media by people with limited access to telecommunications infrastructure is explored. Subsequent news accounts of the struggle and the journalist interviews point to a multifaceted role social media play in progressive social change for the Bedouin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-315
Number of pages12
JournalInformation Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations


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