Leading Protests in the Digital Age

Youth Activism in Egypt and Syria

  • Billur  Aslan Ozgul

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics book series (PSYPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Billur Aslan Ozgul
    Pages 1-20
  3. Billur Aslan Ozgul
    Pages 93-132
  4. Billur Aslan Ozgul
    Pages 221-239
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-244

About this book


This book explores in detail new protest organisation and mobilisation strategies of young activists in the digital age with the aim to identify the tactics that worked well against those creating high risks in the context of digitally supported protests. Focusing on Egyptian protests as well as peaceful protests in Syria, the book offers rich and unique data as it brings together the experiences and voices of the key figures involved in the protests, both on the ground and online. It challenges perspectives that defined the Arab uprisings as leaderless movements formed through the non-hierarchical communication of digital technologies. The author presents three kinds of leaders that shape the political communication environment in digitally supported protests and highlights the significance of their leadership skills to the movements’ capacities.

Billur Aslan Ozgul is Lecturer in Political Communication at Brunel University London, UK. Her work on social movements, social media and the Middle East has been published in the International Journal of CommunicationParticipations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, and the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.


social movements occupy protests arab uprisings ICT leadership Syrian protests Egyptian protests populism digitally supported protests resource mobilisation theory Deraa protests March 15 protests Syrian Revolution 2011 violence political experience communication tactics responsiveness to external conditions long-term adaptation connective action political participation

Authors and affiliations

  • Billur  Aslan Ozgul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political SciencesBrunel University LondonLondonUK

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