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New Tech, New Ties : How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion - Richard Ling

New Tech, New Ties

How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion

Paperback Published: 24th September 2010
ISBN: 9780262515047
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner, Media Ecology Association's 2009 Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction. and Honorable Mention, Sociology & Social Work category, 2008 PROSE Awards presented by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. The message of this book is simple: the mobile phone strengthens social bonds among family and friends. With a traditional land-line telephone, we place calls to a location and ask hopefully if someone is "there"; with a mobile phone, we have instant and perpetual access to friends and family regardless of where they are. But when we are engaged in these intimate conversations with absent friends, what happens to our relationship with the people who are actually in the same room with us? In "New Tech, New Ties, " Rich Ling examines how the mobile telephone affects both kinds of interactions--those mediated by mobile communication and those that are face to face. Ling finds that through the use of various social rituals the mobile telephone strengthens social ties within the circle of friends and family--sometimes at the expense of interaction with those who are physically present--and creates what he calls "bounded solidarity." Ling argues that mobile communication helps to engender and develop social cohesion within the family and the peer group. Drawing on the work of Emile Durkheim, Erving Goffman, and Randall Collins, Ling shows that ritual interaction is a catalyst for the development of social bonding. From this perspective, he examines how mobile communication affects face-to-face ritual situations and how ritual is used in interaction mediated by mobile communication. He looks at the evidence, including interviews and observations from around the world, that documents the effect of mobile communication on social bonding and also examines some of the other possibly problematic issues raised by tighter social cohesion in small groups.

I recommend this book to practitioners in the field of mobile communications.

-Eric W. Yocam, Computing Reviews
I recommend this book to practitioners in the field of mobile communications.

-Eric W. Yocam, Computing Reviews * Reviews *

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Mobile Communication and Ritual Interactionp. 1
The Plumber's Entrance
ICT and Tension between Social and Individual Impulsesp. 23
Durkheim on Ritual Interaction and Social Cohesionp. 41
Goffman on Ritual Interaction in Everyday Lifep. 57
Collins and Ritual Interaction Chainsp. 73
Ritual as a Catalytic Eventp. 83
Co-Present Interaction and Mobile Communicationp. 93
Mobile Telephony and Mediated Ritual Interactionp. 117
Bounded Solidarityp. 159
Mobile Communication and Cohesion in the Familiar Sphere
The Recalibration of Social Cohesionp. 175
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780262515047
ISBN-10: 0262515040
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th September 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.32