Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production

Philip N. Howard

in The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736416
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866441 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Digital Politics

Censorship and the Politics of Cultural Production

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This chapter explores the more pernicious applications of ICTs, which are used in many Muslim countries not simply for censorship but for actively managing collective identity. The first part of the chapter explores the ways that political culture is now produced and consumed in Muslim countries. It reviews the most recent findings about techniques for political censorship and the efforts of activists to overcome these constraints. The chapter then demonstrates how political elites have effectively used the new media to construct and manage a transnational Muslim identity for people with significantly different cultural backgrounds. Through digital technologies, social elites attempt more than news censorship and email surveillance. They work to manage particular domains of Islamic political culture and identity formation for youth.

Keywords: information technology; communication technology; Muslim countries; political culture; political censorship; Muslim identity

Chapter.  9548 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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