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Mobile Communication covers a wide range of topics. These include the replacement of co-present interaction with mediated contact and analysis of mobile-based cohesion and gender. The authors also explore the role of media choice and its effect on the quality as well as quantity of social cohesion. Other topics include mobile communication and communities of interest; and mobile communication, cohesion, and ...
Mobile Communication covers a wide range of topics. These include the replacement of co-present interaction with mediated contact and analysis of mobile-based cohesion and gender. The authors also explore the role of media choice and its effect on the quality as well as quantity of social cohesion. Other topics include mobile communication and communities of interest; and mobile communication, cohesion, and youth.
This volume brings together scholars from around the world to consider how mobile communication both builds and destroys our sense of social cohesion. There is no question that uses of technology can lead to increased cohesion within personal communities. For example, this volume includes research on caravan couples in Australia, factory workers in China, young couples in Germany, citizens in Slovenia, and sports clubs in Ireland. It also includes research on drunken calls between university students in the US, calls of international students in Switzerland and communications between immigrant women in Melbourne, Australia.
However, the contributors also argue that as social networks become inundated with mobile communication users, these users may become increasingly isolated and social division can ensue.
1 Mobile Communication: Bringing Us Together and Tearing Us Apart Rich Ling Scott W. Campbell 1
2 Mobile Symbiosis: A Precursor to Public Risk-Taking Behavior? Kathleen M. Cumiskey 17
3 Mobile Specters of Intimacy: A Case Study of Women and Mobile Intimacy Larissa Hjorth 37
4 (Im)mobile Mobility: Marginal Youth and Mobile Phones in Beijing Cara Wallis 61
5 Mobiles Are Not That Personal: The Unexpected Consequences of the Accountability, Accessibility, and Transparency Afforded by Mobile Telephony Amparo Lasén 83
6 Mobile Communication in Intimate Relationships: Relationship Development and the Multiple Dialectics of Couples' Media Usage and Communication Joachim R. Höflich Christine Linke 107
7 Bonds and Bridges: Mobile Phone Use and Social Capital Debates Rowan Wilken 127
8 Extended Sociability and Relational Capital Management: Interweaving ICTs and Social Relations Thomas de Bailliencourt Thomas Beauvisage Fabien Granjon Zbigniew Smoreda 151
9 Network and Mobile Sociality in Personal Communities: Exploring Personal Networks of ICT Users Andraz Petrovcic Gregor Petric Vasja Vehovar 181
10 There's an Off-line Community on the Line! Pat Byrne 211
11 Mobile Social Networking: Learning from Tourists' Use of CB Radio in the Australian Outback Peter B. White Naomi Rosh White 229
12 Generation Disconnections: Youth Culture and Mobile Communication Gerard Goggin Kate Crawford 249
13 Interpersonal Communication beyond Geographical Constraints: A Case of College Students Who Maintain Geographically Dispersed Relationships Satomi Sugiyama 271
14 "I Love You, Man": Drunk Dialing Motives and Their Impact on Social Cohesion Erin E. Hollenbaugh Amber L. Ferris 293
15 Conclusion: Connecting and Disconnecting through Mobile Communication Scott W. Campbell Rich Ling 323
About the Contributors 331