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Recently, social-media tools have been widely credited with igniting pervasive social upheavals in the Middle East, some of which brought down governments. This article explores the structure of such gatherings and considers new developments in what such collectives might be, in particular as mediated by the arrival of social media. The situation of dissident women in the Middle East is often referred to.

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Social media promotes dispersal, anonymity and security for dissident communicators.


The perspective covers the sociology of groups and collectives with special reference to Sartre.

John Graham Wilson
Assumption University of Thailand

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This page is a summary of: Sartre and Cyber-Dissidence: The Groupe en Fusion and the Putative We-Subject, Sartre Studies International, January 2014, Berghahn Journals,
DOI: 10.3167/ssi.2014.200102.
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