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Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone

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Jon Agar takes the modern mobile phone to pieces, tracing what makes it work, and puts it together again, showing how it was shaped as a global basis. A truly world history of this everyday device which we take for granted.

Jon Agar is currently senior lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He is an expert on contemporary technologies (mobile phones, ID cards).

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Overview

Jon Agar takes the modern mobile phone to pieces, tracing what makes it work, and puts it together again, showing how it was shaped as a global basis. A truly world history of this everyday device which we take for granted.

Jon Agar is currently senior lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He is an expert on contemporary technologies (mobile phones, ID cards).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848315075
  • Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,396,116
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Jon Agar is currently Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at University College London and was previously director of the National Archive for the History of Computing. He is the author of Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond published by Polity Press, and the editor of the British Journal for the History of Science. He has appeared on BBC radio and BBC News in his capacity as an expert on contemporary technologies (mobile phones, ID cards) and the history of modern science and technology. He lives in London, England.
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Table of Contents

1 What's in a phone? 3
2 Save the ether 16
3 Born in the USA 31
4 The Nordic way 44
5 Europe before GSM : La Donna e Mobile, Die Manner Nicht! 52
6 GSM : European Union 56
7 Digital America divided 67
8 Mob rule : competition and class in the UK 70
9 Decommunisation = capitalist power + cellularisation 90
10 Japanese garden 94
11 Txt msgs + TxtPower 105
12 Two organisations in the congo 111
13 The Nokia way - to the Finland base station! 113
14 Mobile phones as a threat to health 122
15 Cars, phones and crime 129
16 Phones on film 143
17 The globe is made by standards 153
18 Perpetuum mobile? 161
Txt msgs : a transcript 177
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