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‘A room of one’s own’
Young people in search of privacy
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In the Arab world, the ‘right’ to privacy within the home faces obstacles that are economic and political, handed down by tradition and linked to the history of each society. Nevertheless, teenagers all over the Arab world now seem to be creating their own private space. Of course this still involves access to a ‘room of one’s own’, full of symbolic meanings and promises of personalisation, but today young people’s private sphere is more likely to be virtual. Privacy has shifted from the bedroom to the Internet. A teenager’s home, life and intimate thoughts are all contained in their camera, mobile phone and computer, safely hidden behind a password.

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