Lebanon’s waste crisis: An exercise of participation rights

Joe F. Khalil*

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A growing body of research reveals the emergence of forms of youth public participation, intensified by digital technologies, practices and cultures. This is a multilevel study of the reconstruction of Lebanese youth and children’s rights in the digital age through discourses and practices of participation in the #YouStink protest movement against a waste collection crisis. The article explores these rights by focusing on children and young people’s engagement with the movement, their ability to express their views freely and to influence decisions. It analyses how such participation through communicative, cultural and political practices becomes a contested resource for various actors, institutions and networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-712
Number of pages12
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • #YouStink
  • Alternative media
  • Arab
  • Lebanon
  • children
  • environment
  • participatory media
  • participatory rights
  • social movement
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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