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Mobile Phones and Mobile Communication

By: Rich Ling and Jonathan Donner


Description

With staggering swiftness, the mobile phone has become a fixture of daily life in almost every society on earth. In 2007, the world had over 3 billion mobile subscriptions. Prosperous nations boast of having more subscriptions than people. In the developing world, hundreds of millions of people who could never afford a landline telephone now have a mobile number of their own. With a mobile in our hand many of us feel safer, more productive, and more connected to loved ones, but perhaps also more distracted and less involved with things happening immediately around us.

Written by two leading researchers in the field, this volume presents an overview of the mobile telephone as a social and cultural phenomenon. Research is summarized and made accessible though detailed descriptions of ten mobile users from around the world. These illustrate popular debates, as well as deeper social forces at work. The book concludes by considering three themes: 1) the tighter interlacing of daily activities 2) a revolution of control in the social sphere, and 3) the arrival of a world where the majority of its inhabitants are reachable, anytime, anywhere.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745644134
ISBN10
0745644139
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2009
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2009
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2009


Format
219 x 155 mm
8.60 x 6.10 in
Pages
200 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745644141
ISBN10
0745644147
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2009
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2009
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2009



Format
211 x 149 mm
8.30 x 5.84 in
Pages
200 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745655987
ISBN10
074565598X
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2013
Publication Dates US:
May 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
208 pages

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Reviews

"When I look for informed understanding of the emerging effects of mobile phone use, I count on Rich Ling not only for sound theory and empirical foundations, but for insight and engaging writing."
Howard Rheingold, Stanford University

"Smart, rich, panoramic."
Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life Project

"At one time, we traveled to communicate or sat at home or work, waiting for the phone to ring. Now, the calls come wherever we are, whether we like it or not. This is the first comprehensive account of the mobile society, going well behind the ringtones to discuss how we're using mobile phones and how they are using us."
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto

"Storied mobile communication researchers Jonathan Donner and Richard Ling have given us a savvy, panoramic view of how mobile communication has changed and is changing lives around the world. They reveal how portable communication technology is affecting every level of human endeavor, from socioeconomic transformations in the developing world to mischief in the classroom. Their adroit treatment is required reading for anyone interested in the subject."
James E. Katz, Rutgers University

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1. Introduction: the quarter century beyond the Maitland commission report.

Chapter 2. Short history of mobile communication.

Chapter 3. Mobile communication in everyday life: 3 Billion New Phones.

Chapter 4. Mobile communication in everyday life: New Choices, New Challenges.

Chapter 5. Debates surrounding mobile communication.

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Individual addressability, interlacing and the spillover of the control revolution

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Author Information

Rich Ling is Senior Researcher at the Telenor Research Institute in Norway.

Jonathan Donner is Researcher for Microsoft Research India.

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