Egyptian youth: Networked citizens but not fully engaged politically

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Journalism & Mass Communication Department

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Research Article

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Arab Media and Society

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© 2018, American University in Cairo. All rights reserved. One lesson learned from Egypt’s 2011 uprising was that young people are highly active politically as witnessed by the emergence of the networked young citizen. As the country became more stable it was feared that members of this participatory culture would reject formal politics in favor of alternative forms of participation or disengage all together. This article relies on a survey of representative youth, to seek answers to questions about their political involvement. The findings indicate that Egyptian youth are active, in online political participation, albeit more cautiously. They are also engaged with formal political participation and civic engagement.

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