Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity

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Bloomsbury Academic, Mar 30, 2011 - Computers - 272 pages

For Palestine's diaspora and exiled communities, the internet has become an important medium for the formation of Palestinian national and transnational identity. Miriyam Aouragh looks at the internet as both a space and an instrument for linking Palestinian diasporas in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. She closely examines the uses and limits of internet technology under conditions of war, along with the ways in which virtual participation enables the generation of new ideals for political reconciliation and self-determination. Through the internet, participants reconstruct a virtual 'Palestinian homeland', gain a space for recovering the past, for overcoming issues of mobility, and for generating social change. This book provides a new angle on those affected by the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and furthers understanding about the connection between electronic media, politics and national identity more widely.

About the author (2011)

Miriyam Aouragh is Post-Doctoral Rubicon Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

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