Mobile Communication in Everyday Life

Mobile Communication in Everyday Life : Ethnographic Views, Observations and Reflections

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The mobile phone has become an integral part of our everyday life communication - in this sense a domestication of a 'nomadic' medium has taken place. For the very reason that the telephone has left its fixed home environment, it requires us to take an 'ethnographic view' in describing both this development and the changes taking place therein. Mobile Communication in Everyday Life takes a closer look at the mobile phone as an object of inquiry in the tradition of the so-called media ethnography. Consequently, the bene- fits and limitations of such research designs are the focus of the book. Some contributions focus on the tension between private and public communication, others on cultural dimensions. Overall, the book presents a range of the most up-to-date research in the field of mobile communication.The AuthorsJoachim R. Höflich is a professor at the University of Erfurt, Germany. He is also a leading expert in the field of mobile technologies and interpersonal communication. Joachim has published several books on the topic in German as well as many articles in English.Maren Hartmann joined the University of Erfurt in 2004 (and can soon be found at the University of Bremen). Her research interests include media ethnographies, cybercultures and the domestication concept. She has published books as well as several articles on these more

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 18mm | 425g
  • Frank & Timme
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 9783865960412

Table of contents

1;Contents;62;Introduction: The ethnographic view;122.1;Structure ;162.2;Dedication;182.3;References;183;Places of Life - Places of Communication: Observations of Mobile Phone Usage in Public Places;203.1;Introduction: mobile communication and social arrangements;203.2;Mobile communication in the public sphere;243.3;Observations on the Piazza Matteotti;283.4;Behaviour on the piazza;323.5;Concluding remarks;473.6;References;494;Photos and Fieldwork: Capturing Norms for Mobile Phone Use in the US;564.1;Background;574.2;Photos as means of communication;574.3;Photos as data collection;604.4;Ur-form;634.5;Photography of mobile phone use;654.6;Strategies: decoys and distance;654.7;Mobile phone use photos as data;674.8;Presenting the ur-form of public mobile phone use;694.9;Contextual factors;704.10;Ethics;724.11;Conclusion;754.12;References;775;Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use: Steps Toward Techno-Social Ethnographic Frameworks;805.1;Introduction;805.2;Camera phone adoption and research;815.3;Research design;835.4;Techno-social situations of camphone use;885.5;Conclusion;1005.6;Acknowledgements;1015.7;References;1026;Mobile Visuality and Everyday Life in Finland: An Ethnographic Approach to Social Uses of Mobile Image;1046.1;Approaching the social uses of mobile images;1056.2;Multi-method ethnography;1066.3;Ethnographic field experiments;1096.4;Camera phones and the cycle of 'moral panics';1116.5;Mobile image and telepresence;1166.6;Ethnography and some methodological challenges;1186.7;References;1197;Unfaithful: Reflections of Enchantment, Disenchantment ... and the Mobile Phone;1247.1;Unfaithful;1287.2;Secrecy and subterfuge;1317.3;Conclusion;1417.4;References;1428;"I have a free phone so I don't bother to send SMS, I call" - The Gendered Use of SMS Among Adults in Intact and Divorced Families;1468.1;Introduction;1468.2;The use of SMS;1478.3;Spoken and written language;1478.4;Gender and electronically mediated language;1488.5;SMS as a 'women's medium';1508.6;SMS and the life cycle;1538.7;Social networking and the instrumental use of SMS;1568.8;Contact with males;1588.9;Male attitudes towards SMS;1608.10;Authenticity via SMS;1628.11;The ideology of voice interaction;1638.12;The power dimensions of voice and SMS;1648.13;Conclusion;1658.14;References;1689;Another Kind of 'Mobility': Mobiles in Terrorist Attacks;1749.1;Some basic facts;1759.2;Roles played by mobile phones;1779.3;Mobile phone networks during March 2004;1809.4;Explosion-oriented role;1839.5;Rescue role;1859.6;Reinforcing kinship and friendship ties;1879.7;Mass medium role;1899.8;Conclusion;1999.9;References;20210;Fashion and Technology in the Presentation of the Self;20410.1;Rationale;20510.2;Identity, presentation of the self and new technologies;20510.3;Mobile communication, fashion and presentation of the self;20810.4;Aim and method;20910.5;Results;21110.6;Conclusion;22410.7;References;22511;How To Be in Two Places at The Same Time?- Mobile Phone Use in Public Places;22811.1;The ethnographic work;23111.2;Co-presence in public places: doing being a stranger;23411.3;Mobile phone use in public: any topic, anywhere, anyone;23611.4;Presence modulation;23711.5;Conclusion;24611.6;References;24812;Beyond Talk, Beyond Sound: Emotional Expression and the Future of Mobile Connectivity;25612.1;Preamble;25612.2;Background;25612.3;A way forward;25912.4;Conceptualising emotion for design;26112.5;Technologies for particular expressions;26212.6;Stretching channels;26312.7;The building blocks of expression;26512.8;Lessons;26712.9;Conclusion;26912.10;References;27013;A Mobile Ethnographic View on (Mobile) Media Usage?;27413.1;Ethnographic media research;27513.2;Domestication approach;27613.3;Once again: what are media ethnographies?;27913.4;Mobile media ethnography?;28013.5;Urban Moshow more