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Perpetual Contact : Mobile Communication, Private Talk, Public Performance - James E. Katz

Perpetual Contact

Mobile Communication, Private Talk, Public Performance

By: James E. Katz (Editor), Mark Aakhus (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th April 2002
ISBN: 9780521807715
Number Of Pages: 416

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The spread of mobile communication, most obtrusively as cell phones but increasingly in other wireless devices, is affecting people's lives and relationships to a previously unthought-of extent. Mobile phones, which are fast becoming ubiquitous, affect either directly or indirectly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. They have transformed social practices and changed the way we do business, yet surprisingly little serious academic work has been done on them. This book, with contributions from the foremost researchers in the field, will be the first study of the impact of the mobile phone on contemporary society from a social scientific perspective. Providing a comprehensive overview of mobile phones and social interaction, it comprises an introduction covering the key issues, a series of unique national studies and a final section examining specific issues.

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'This is a surprising subject for an edited collection even in the so-called digital age, but it is one that is covered well ... this collection will promote further debate in fields concerning the social construction of technologies, communications and media.' Work, Employment & Society

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Notes on the contributorsp. xii
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. xx
Introduction: framing the issuesp. 1
Mobile communication: national and comparative perspectivesp. 15
Finland: a mobile culturep. 19
Israel: chutzpah and chatter in the Holy Landp. 30
Italy: stereotypes, true and falsep. 42
Korea: personal meaningsp. 63
United States: popular, pragmatic and problematicp. 80
France: preserving the imagep. 94
The Netherlands and the USA comparedp. 110
Bulgaria: mobile phones as post-communist cultural iconsp. 126
Private talk: interpersonal relations and micro-behaviorp. 137
Hyper-coordination via mobile phones in Norwayp. 139
Mobile culture of children and teenagers in Finlandp. 170
Pretense of intimacy in Francep. 193
Mobile phone consumption and concepts of personhoodp. 206
Public performance: social groups and structuresp. 223
The challenge of absent presencep. 227
From mass society to perpetual contact: models of communication technologies in social contextp. 242
Mobiles and the Norwegian teen: identity, gender and classp. 255
The telephone comes to a Filipino villagep. 274
Beginnings in the telephonep. 284
Conclusion: making meaning of mobiles - a theory of Apparatgeistp. 301
On "Opening sequencing": a framing statementp. 321
Opening sequencingp. 326
Indexp. 386
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ISBN: 9780521807715
ISBN-10: 0521807719
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 8th April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77