Mohamed Zayani’s ‘Networked Publics and Digital Contention’ Receives Book Prize

Nov 3, 2016

Georgetown University in Qatar Professor Mohamed Zayani's book on cyber activism has been awarded the 2016 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award. Conferred by the Association of Global South Studies, the award recognizes the best book on Africa. 

Zayani’s book, titled Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia (Oxford University Press, 2015), is part of the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics Series.

This is the second international award Networked Publics and Digital Contention has received. Earlier this year, the book won the Global Communication and Social Change Best Book Award from the International Communication Association.

At the time, Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg chair of Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, described Zayani’s book as “one of the best analyses of the social movements that led to the transformation of the Arab world, and a major contribution to the understanding of social movements of the digital age."

Networked Publics and Digital Contention is one of three book projects on media and information and communication technologies in the Middle East and North Africa region that are supported by Georgetown University’s Center for International and Regional Studies.

Professor Zayani’s newly released book Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings (edited with Dr. Suzi Mirgani) was also published by Oxford University Press. He is currently completing a collaborative book project titled The Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Digital Age.

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