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Linda Herrera


الوضع العارض والمؤقت للشباب: ريادة الأعمال ليست حلاً

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الوضع العارض والمؤقت (precarity*) للشباب: ريادة الأعمال ليست حلاً “لقد دُفعَ شباب اليوم إلى حالة عارضة ومؤقتة، دون طريقة لمعرفة إن كانت انتقالية أو دائمة”. زيجمونت باومان – الحداثة ونتائجها (2004) في عام 2011، العام الذي خرجتْ فيه الجماهير في أنحاء العالم العربي إلى الشوارع مطالبة بالكرامة والخبز والعدالة الاجتماعية اشتهر كتاب عالم اقتصاد العمل غاي ستاندنغ Guy Standing الذي حمل عنوان “البريكاريات: الطبقة الجديدة والخطيرة". وبالرغم من أن كتاب ستاندنغ ...

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The Precarity of Youth: Entrepreneurship is not the Solution

In 2011, the year people across the Arab world poured into the streets demanding bread, dignity and social justice, The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, by labor economist Guy Standing, hit the stands. Though Standing’s work wasn’t informed by events in the region, his book on labor and life amid anxiety in the 21st century speaks more pointedly to the realities of many young people in the Middle East and North Africa than the much-anticipated 2016 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet

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Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. London and New York: Verso, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Linda Herrera (LH): In the months prior to the Arab uprisings, I had been conducing research on Egypt’s “wired generation”—their social media habits, ways of doing politics, and networks. When it became known that Egypt’s popular mobilization on 25 January 2011 was launched from a Facebook ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

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Linda Herrera, editor (with Rehab Sakr), Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Linda Herrera (LH): The idea for this book began during the workshop, “Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era” of the Thirteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting of the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. During three days of lively ...

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لقاء مع عبد الرحمن منصور الذي جعل من 25 يناير تاريخاً نتذكره

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عبد الرحمن منصور هو الناشط في الفضاء الألكتروني الذي حدد تاريخ 25 يناير موعداً للثورة المصرية. وقد جاء وقت الحديث معه. في يونيو 2010، اقترح عبد الرحمن منصور، البالغ من العمر حينئذ 23 عاماً، على وائل غنيم إنشاء صفحة على الفيسبوك وحملة لمناهضة التعذيب تكريماً لخالد سعيد، ذلك الشاب السكندري الذي قتله الشرطة. وكان الاثنان قد عملا معاً كمديرين (أدمنز) لصفحة محمد البرادعي على الفيس بوك، وكانا على استعداد لتصعيد حملتهما الألكترونية لمستويات أعلى. وشكل المزيج المتمثل في قدرة منصور ...

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Meet AbdelRahman Mansour Who Made 25 January A Date to Remember

[AbdelRahman Mansour. Photo from AbdelRahman Mansour's Facebook page]

AbdelRahman Mansour is the cyberactivist who set the date of 25 January for the Egyptian revolution. It is time for you to meet him. In June 2010, Wael Ghonim set up the Facebook page and anti-torture campaign in honor of Khaled Said, the Alexandrian killed at the hands of police. Abdulrahman joined him as a co-administrator (admin) on the page three days later. The two had been working together on Mohamed ElBaradei’s Facebook page and were ready to take their ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt

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Linda Herrera, “Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: A View from Egypt.” Harvard Educational Review (Fall 2012). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Linda Herrera (LH): Schools once served as temples of citizenship education, but this is no longer the case. I came to the realization of the diminished role of schooling in the lives of young Egyptians during a visit to a public high school in 2006. I arrived at a school in the Delta in the middle of the ...

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Generation Rev and the Struggle for Democracy: Interview with Aly El-Raggal

[Young Egyptians protecting the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in February 2011. Photo via the Bibliotheca Alexandrina website.]

Generation Rev, the revolutionary generation that has overtaken the world stage, whether in Tahrir Square or on Wall Street, has arrived at a critical juncture. This group of twenty-somethings has been experimenting for five to six years with novel ways of doing politics. They are known for horizontal organizing, persistent civil disobedience, and networking and mobilizing across lines of difference—ideological and otherwise—all of which have been greatly facilitated by new ...

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"V for Vendetta": The Other Face of Egypt's Youth Movement

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“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea […] and ideas are bulletproof.” - From the film V for Vendetta In the summer of 2010 the youth of Facebook, “shebab al-Facebook,” began a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience through the Arabic “We are all Khaled Said” Facebook Fan Page. The success of their “silent stands” throughout the country gave youth a media friendly face as a group that espouses peaceful non-violent forms of ...

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Egypt's Revolution 2.0: The Facebook Factor

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The call for a Day of Rage on January 25, 2011 that ignited the Egyptian revolution originated from a Facebook page. Many have since asked: Is this a “Facebook Revolution?”  It is high time to put this question to rest and insist that political and social movements belong to people and not to communication tools and technologies. Facebook, like cell phones, the internet, and twitter, do not have agency, a moral universe, and are not predisposed to any particular ...

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Linda Herrera


Linda Herrera is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership and director of the Global Studies in Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her core areas of research as a social anthropologist are global politics and education,  youth studies, and critical democracy and global change. Her publications include Stand Up, Sit Down! Culture of Schooling in Egypt (in Arabic), Being Young and Muslim (co-edited with A. Bayat),  Cultures of Arab Schooling: Critical Ethnographies from Egypt (co-edited with C.A. Torres), Revolution in the Age of Social Media, Wired Citizenship and Arab youth: Disruptive generation of the 21st century?” (with A. Mansour)She curates the website for global democracy education, inspired by Egypt’s January 25 Revolution, Democracy Dialogue.