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    DescriptionWhy do we feel insulted or exasperated when our friends and family don't answer their mobile phones? If the Internet has allowed us to broaden our social world into a virtual friend-net, the mobile phone is an instrument of a more intimate social sphere. The mobile phone provides a taken-for-granted link to the people to whom we are closest; when we are without it, social and domestic disarray may result. In just a few years, the mobile phone has become central to the functioning of society. In this book, Rich Ling explores the process by which the mobile phone has become embedded in society, comparing it to earlier technologies that changed the character of our social interaction and, along the way, became taken for granted. Ling, drawing on research, interviews, and quantitative material, shows how the mobile phone (and the clock and the automobile before it) can be regarded as a social mediation technology, with a critical mass of users, a supporting ideology, changes in the social ecology, and a web of mutual expectations regarding use. By examining the similarities and synergies among these three technologies, Ling sheds a more general light on how technical systems become embedded in society and how they support social interaction within the closest sphere of friends and family


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    Title
    Taken for Grantedness
    Subtitle
    The Embedding of Mobile Communication into Society
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Ling
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 11 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262018135
    ISBN 10: 0262018136
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PDR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.6
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: COM032000, TEC052000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 303.48/33, 303.4833
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TJKW
    BISAC V2.8: TEC061000
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    DC23: 621.384
    LC classification: HE9713 .L564 2012
    Thema V1.0: PDR, TJKW
    Illustrations note
    7 figures
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    13 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Rich Ling is Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Senior Research Scientist at the Telenor Research Institute near Oslo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion (MIT Press, 2008).
    Review quote
    "While mobile communication may have entered the realm of the mundane, Rich Ling's story about how it got there is anything but. This book makes an important and timely contribution to the way we think about mobile communication in an age when many of our 'new media' are not so new anymore." -- Scott W. Campbell, Constance F. and Arnold C. Pohs Endowed Professor of Telecommunications, University of Michigan "The mobile phone is perhaps the great technology of our age, and with Taken for Grantedness, it has met its match. Rich Ling offers us a rich, subtle, profound account of how it has taken its place as the technology without which our worlds cannot make sense -- rivaling its close cousins, the clock and the car. In doing so, Ling persuades us with grace and humor, and wide-ranging reference, that the mobile phone has become the essential thing for social creatures like us. Indispensable reading from the sociologist of mobile communication today." -- Gerard Goggin, Professor and Chair, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney