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Student Activism, Social Media, and Authoritarian Rule in Iran

RESEARCH Book by Saeid Golkar
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The authors of this book address multiple questions involving the nature of youth protest in the twenty-first century.

Through the authors' use of a case study approach, they comment upon the ways in which youth protest has been influenced by electronic and social media and evaluate the effectiveness of protest activities, many of which were framed in reaction to neo-liberalism and state authoritarianism. A number of the authors further comment upon the utility of employing social movement theory to analyze the nature and character of protest actions, while others situate such events within specific political, social, and cultural contexts. The case studies focus upon protest activities in Bahrain, Turkey, Iran, Cambodia, South Africa, China, Russia, Chile, Spain, and the US, and together, they offer a comparative analysis of an important global phenomenon. In so doing, the authors further address issues involving the changing nature of globalized protest participation, its immediate and long-term consequences, and the ways in which protests have encouraged a re-evaluation of the nature of inequality, as constructed within educational, social, and political spheres.

Chicago Council visiting fellow for the Middle East Saeid Golkar addresses the Iranian youth movement in the chapter, "Student Activism, Social Media, and Authoritarian Rule in Iran."

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About the Author
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Iran Policy
Council expert Saeid Golkar
Saeid Golkar is a senior fellow on Iran Policy and a visiting assistant professor in the department of political science and public service at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Previously, he was an adjunct professor for the Middle East and North African Studies Program and a visiting scholar at Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University.
Council expert Saeid Golkar