Marginality and Social Class in Moroccan Youth Media

Authored by: Mohamed El Marzouki

The Routledge Companion to Media and Class

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138493612
eBook ISBN: 9781351027342
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351027342-22

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Abstract

This chapter examines how youth media in Morocco harness the symbolic resources of marginality and social exclusion to make demands on the state for social equality and justice. Approaching social class as the product of an economic system that is premised on a differential regime of citizenship that reproduces relations of marginality and social inequality (with a focus on youth digital media practices in Morocco) this chapter examines how marginalized social groups mediatize the signs, styles and conditions of social inequality and exclusion to contest the discourses and institutions that sustain and reproduce inequality and social class. El Marzouki argues that the medialization of marginality and social exclusion plays an important role in building relations of counter-power and online communities of trust that are key to the rise of a networked culture of contentious politics among youth in North Africa and the Middle East.

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