Gendered hashtactivism: Civic engagement in Saudi Arabia

Jana Fedtke*, Bouziane Zaid, Mohammed Ibahrine

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


One of the prominent trends in the Saudi digital space in recent years has been the boom in the use of social networking sites such as Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. This chapter examines how women have adopted Twitter as a digital platform and how this might empower them to change social structures in this traditional society. Saudi women have used Twitter to circulate relevant information and promote their social agenda that remains unrecognized and invisible to the mainstream media and thus in the public sphere. The chapter critically explores hashtactivism, which is increasingly becoming a site of struggle over visibility, mobility, control, and civic participation for Saudi women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Educational Media
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Educational Media
ISSN (Print)2662-7361
ISSN (Electronic)2662-737X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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