Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

ISBN-10: 0262113120
ISBN-13: 9780262113120
Edition: 2008
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 5/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

Mobile communication has become mainstream and even omnipresent. It is arguably the most successful and certainly the most rapidly adopted new technology in the world: more than one of every three people worldwide possesses a mobile phone. This volume offers a comprehensive view of the cultural, family, and interpersonal consequences of mobile communication across the globe. Leading scholars analyze the effect of mobile communication on all parts of life, from the relationship between literacy and the textual features of mobile phones to the use of ringtones as a form of social exchange, from the aspirational consumption of middle class families in India to the belief in parts of Africa and Asia that mobile phones can communicate with the dead. The contributors explore the ways mobile communication profoundly affects the tempo, structure, and process of daily life around the world. They discuss the impact of mobile communication on social networks, other communication strategies, traditional forms of social organization, and political activities. They consider how quickly miraculous technologies come to seem ordinary and even necessary--and how ordinary technology comes to seem mysterious and even miraculous. The chapters cut across social issues and geographical regions; they highlight use by the elite and the masses, utilitarian and expressive functions, and political and operational consequences. Taken together, the chapters demonstrate how mobile communication has affected the quality of life in both exotic and humdrum settings, and how it increasingly occupies center stage in people’s lives around the world.

James E. Katz is professor of communication at the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Digital Divides and Social Mobility
The Mobile Makes Its Mark
Shrinking Fourth World? Mobiles, Development, and Inclusion
Mobile Traders and Mobile Phones in Ghana
Mobile Networks: Migrant Workers in Southern China
Mobile Communication in Mexico: Policy and Popular Dimensions
Reducing Illiteracy as a Barrier to Mobile Communication
Health Services and Mobiles: A Case from Egypt
How the Urban Poor Acquire and Give Meaning to the Mobile Phone
Sociality and Co-presence
Always-On/Always-On-You: The Tethered Self
The Mobile Phone's Ring
Mobile Technology and the Body: Apparatgeist, Fashion, and Function
The Mediation of Ritual Interaction via the Mobile Telephone
Adjusting the Volume: Technology and Multitasking in Discourse Control
Maintaining Co-presence: Tourists and Mobile Communication in New Zealand
The Social Effects of Keitai and Personal Computer E-mail in Japan
Politics and Social Change
Mobile Media and Political Collective Action
Mobile Multimedia: Uses and Social Consequences
Mobile Communication and Sociopolitical Change in the Arab World
Locating the Missing Links of Mobile Communication in Japan: Sociocultural Influences on Usage by Children and the Elderly
The Effects of Mobile Telephony on Singaporean Society
Mobile Communication and the Transformation of the Democratic Process
Culture and Imagination
Cultural Differences in Communication Technology Use: Adolescent Jews and Arabs in Israel
"Express Yourself" and "Stay Together": The Middle-Class Indian Family
Nondevelopmental Uses of Mobile Communication in Tanzania
Cultural Studies of Mobile Communication
Mobile Music as Environmental Control and Prosocial Entertainment
Supernatural Mobile Communication in the Philippines and Indonesia
Boom in India: Mobile Media and Social Consequences
Mobile Games and Entertainment
Online Communities on the Move: Mobile Play in Korea
Conclusions and Future Prospects
Mainstreamed Mobiles in Daily Life: Perspectives and Prospects
Afterword
About the Editor and Authors
Index

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