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Magic in the Air : Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life - James E. Katz

Magic in the Air

Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life

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In this timely volume, James E. Katz, a leading authority on social consequences of communication technology, analyzes the way new mobile telecommunications affect daily life both in the United States and around the world.



Katz finds that teachers are increasingly taking calls in the middle of class, even interrupting their own lectures to answer what they claim are important calls.

In keeping with the book's title, Katz explores the often overlooked psychic and religious uses of the mobile phone, an area that has only recently begun to command scholarly interest. Magic in the Air will be essential reading for communications specialists, sociologists, and social psychologists.

Introduction -- Magic in the air : spiritual and transcendental aspects of mobiles -- A nation of ghosts? : choreography of mobile communications in public spaces -- Public performance of mobile telecommunication -- Mobile phones as fashion statements : the co-creation of mobile communication's public meaning -- Mobile phones in educational settings -- The telephone as a medium of faith, hope, terror, and redemption : America, September 11 -- The telephone and social transformation -- Accounting for information in society -- Future communication technology and social settings : a speculative exercise -- Concluding thoughts.

ISBN: 9781412809382
ISBN-10: 141280938X
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 31st December 2011