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dc.contributor.advisorChatterjee, Anshu N.
dc.contributor.advisorBaylouny, Anne Marie
dc.contributor.authorBelknap, Jason M.
dc.dateDec-15
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-17T18:38:29Z
dc.date.available2016-02-17T18:38:29Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47903
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractWhat role has social media played in Bahraini political movements since 2011? Does it facilitate and encourage a space for free expressions of ideas, or do the dominant groups utilize social media to promote their agendas and shape social unrest outcomes? This thesis examines how the use of social media altered the course of protests in Bahrain on the heels of the regional Arab Spring movement. Historical protest activities incorporated the free space social media offered to offset the effects of government control and intimidation. This change resulted in a level of prolonged protests and violence never before seen in the country, where the momentum for change hung in the balance between protesters and an authoritarian regime. Social media played a role not only in organization and mobilization of the protests but also in the shaping of international opinion of the growing conflict. In the end, government and protesters alike used social media to further their agendas and minimize the effects of the others.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleSocial media: new spaces for contention in authoritarian systemsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authorSocial mediaen_US
dc.subject.authorBahrainen_US
dc.subject.authorArab Springen_US
dc.subject.authorsocial mobilizationen_US
dc.subject.authorTwitteren_US
dc.subject.authorFacebooken_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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