Mostafa Shehata

Mostafa Shehata

Participant in 2015
Work history - Research Assistant: (2006 – 2011) Mass Communication Dept., Faculty of Arts, Menofia University. (Egypt)
- Assistant Lecturer: (2011- 2014) Mass Communication Dept., Faculty of Arts, Menofia University. (Egypt)
- PhD student: (2014- ) Doctoral School of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University. (Denmark)
Study history - Bachelor of Arts: Mass Communication Dept., Faculty of Arts, Menofia University, Egypt. (2006)
- Pre-Masters of Journalism: Mass Communication Dept., Faculty of Arts, Menofia University, Egypt. (2007)
- Masters of Arts: Mass Communication Dept., Faculty of Arts, Menofia University, Egypt. (2011)
- PHD Enrollment: program of Communication, Journalism and Performance Design, Doctoral School of Communication, Business and Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Denmark (2014 --)

- Research interests
Political communication
Media and political mobility
political participation studies

Phd Projects

2015

Newspapers, Social Media, Youth and Political Participation in Egypt After 25th January Revolution

My research project discusses the potential effects of newspapers and social media on political participation among youth in Egypt between 2011 and 2015. These effects are investigated from a perspective focuses not on reading newspapers or using social media as motivators of participation process, but as a starting point to understand the essence of political events in which youth engaged in. This notion is derived from the logic of connective action theory (Bennett & Segerberg, 2012), which distinguishes political events into two different events connective and collective. In this context five events took place in Egypt to be investigated: June 30th 2013 protests, Muslim Brotherhood protests after July 3rd 2013, the constitutional referendum in January 2014, the presidential election in May 2014 and January 2015 protests. Besides the importance of investigating the nature of these events, the project is also interested in exploring a new notion based on the people themselves as a hub of connective or collective process, in the sense that investigating whether they tend to be connective or collective people. The project also seeks to examine the nature of interaction between youth and Egyptian political powers in the light of using newspapers and social media for political purposes. This can be achieved through investigating some concepts in the context of media and power field such as political actors and relational capacity (Castells, 2009).
Methodologically, the project uses two methods to collect the empirical data: first, a survey includes 400 respondents from Egyptian youth aged 18-35; they will be selected from three different regions in Egypt. Through a questionnaire some indicators are taken into account to examine the nature of Egyptian political events such as the political mobilization channels that affected youth to engage in the mentioned events, information channels, political affiliation and respondents’ age. The second method is interview through which the study attempts to go beyond the quantitative explanation of media and political participation by explaining the mechanisms of cooperation/conflict between youth and political powers as a result of using newspapers and social media. In this context, a series of semi-structured interviews with a number of Egyptian journalists and political activists will be conducted. These two categories were chosen, because on one hand, journalists are more capable to assess how newspapers handled the political events, and also because a considerable number of them represent somehow the supporting views toward the Egyptian government. On the other hand, political activists are more capable to assess social media, especially because they intensively use it to spread their ideas.

References
- Bennett, W. L., & Segerberg, A. (2012). The Logic of Connective Action: Digital media and the personalization of contentious politics. Information, Communication & Society, 15(5), 739–768.
- Castells, M., (2009). Communication Power. 1st ed. New York, Oxford University Press

Dissertation

Dissertation title Newspapers, Social Media, Youth and Political Participation in Egypt After 25th January Revolution
Year of defence 2017

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