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Mobile Communication and Society A Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 0262513188

ISBN-13: 9780262513180

Edition: 2009

Authors: Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Araba Sey, M. Castells

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Wireless networks are the fastest growing communications technology in history. Are mobile phones expressions of identity, fashionable gadgets, tools for life—or all of the above? Mobile Communication and Societylooks at how the possibility of multimodal communication from anywhere to anywhere at any time affects everyday life at home, at work, and at school, and raises broader concerns about politics and culture both global and local. Drawing on data gathered from around the world, the authors explore who has access to wireless technology, and why, and analyze the patterns of social differentiation seen in unequal access. They explore the social effects of wireless communication—what it means for family life, for example, when everyone is constantly in touch, or for the idea of an office when workers can work anywhere. Is the technological ability to multitask further compressing time in our already hurried existence? The authors consider the rise of a mobile youth culture based on peer-to-peer networks, with its own language of texting, and its own values. They examine the phenomenon of flash mobs, and the possible political implications. And they look at the relationship between communication and development and the possibility that developing countries could "leapfrog" directly to wireless and satellite technology. This sweeping book—moving easily in its analysis from the United States to China, from Europe to Latin America and Africa—answers the key questions about our transformation into a mobile network society. Information Revolution and Global Politics series
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Opening: Our Networks, Our Lives
The Diffusion of Wireless Communication in the World
The Social Differentiation of Wireless Communication Users: Age, Gender, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status
Communication and Mobility in Everyday Life
The Mobile Youth Culture
The Space of Flows, Timeless Time, and Mobile Networks
The Language of Wireless Communication
The Mobile Civil Society:Social Movements, Political Power, and Communication Networks
Wireless Communication and Global Development: New Issues, New Strategies
Conclusion: The Mobile Network Society
Notes
References
Index
Appendices