Mobile Phones and Mobile Communication / Edition 1

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Overview

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Author

Rich Ling is Senior Researcher at the Telenor ResearchInstitute in Norway.

Jonathan Donner is Researcher for Microsoft ResearchIndia.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1. Introduction: the quarter century beyond the Maitlandcommission report.

Chapter 2. Short history of mobile communication.

Chapter 3. Mobile communication in everyday life: 3 Billion NewPhones.

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

Chapter 5. Debates surrounding mobile communication.

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

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