Modern Arab Journalism: Problems and Prospects by Noha Mellor

By Noha Mellor

Modern Arab Journalism offers a brand new outlook in learning Arab information media. It ways its topic from an leading edge attitude, asking a sequence of key questions:

* How is Arab journalism assorted from or just like journalism in different countries?
* What defines the projects of newshounds?
* Who has entry to this box?
* How is strength allotted contained in the box of Arab journalism?
* whilst have been the media courses introduced at Arab universities and what characterizes them?

Although the sphere of Arab journalism has bought super consciousness from the general public in addition to journalistic circles world wide in recent years, this e-book offers the 1st specified exploration of the realm, commencing up a brand new examine time table and not easy the options taken with no consideration in Arab media scholarship.

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That was illustrated when fifteen well-educated Egyptian young women carried a law suit against the Minister of Culture and officials in the censor’s office, as well as the police, for preventing them from getting permission to work as belly dancers in the night clubs. 134 Distinguished by their education as their cultural capital, these women openly declared their aspiration to wealth to complete their accumulated social capital, even if it meant a challenge to the rigid structure. Their cultural capital armed them with the confidence to seek a profession commonly seen as a form of prostitution, thereby re-defining the profession of belly dancing while working openly to re-distribute the economic capital by cutting across the social stereotypes that relate dancing with ignorance and education with chastity.

In order to operationalize the concept of cultural capital, the researcher must see the relevance of this capital in the person’s particular environment, and see whether it is used as a means of exclusion and hence an exercise of power. ”61 The power of cultural capital, as they see it, is the power to exclude people through symbolic imposition. ”62 Thus, cultural capital is one of the resources available to the agents to use, intentionally or unintentionally, or even manipulate to enhance their chances of success.

Democracy, however, ranked as low again, albeit with a higher percentage than in the earlier survey. 40 Modern Arab Journalism The researcher who conducted this survey, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, lamented over this list, particularly the ranking of democracy, wondering if there is something deeply entrenched in the Arab culture that makes it anti-democratic. This survey (in both its earlier and updated versions) shows a developmental stride amongst Arabs, who are now more concerned about inward problems, for example, demographic, social and economic problems, or issues that touch their daily lives and work, rather than distant and complex issues.

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