Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life

Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life

by Mizuko Ito
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262090392

ISBN-13: 9780262090391

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: MIT Press

"The Japanese term for mobile phone, keitai [roughly translated as "something you carry with you"], evokes not technical capability or freedom of movement but intimacy and portability, defining a personal accessory that allows constant social connection. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian, the first book-length English-language treatment of mobile communication use in…  See more details below

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"The Japanese term for mobile phone, keitai [roughly translated as "something you carry with you"], evokes not technical capability or freedom of movement but intimacy and portability, defining a personal accessory that allows constant social connection. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian, the first book-length English-language treatment of mobile communication use in Japan, covers the transformation of keitai from business tool to personal device for communication and play." The essays in this groundbreaking collection document the emergence, incorporation, and domestication of mobile communications in a wide range of social practices and institutions. The book first considers the social, cultural, and historical context of keitai development, including its beginnings in youth pager use in the early 1990s. It then discusses the virtually seamless integration of keitai use into everyday life, contrasting it to the more escapist character of Internet use on the PC.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262090391
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : personal, portable, pedestrian1
1Discourses of Keitai in Japan19
2Youth culture and the shaping of Japanese mobile media : personalization and the Keitai Internet as multimedia41
3A decade in the development of mobile communications in Japan (1993-2002)61
4The third-stage paradigm : territory machines from the girls' pager revolution to mobile aesthetics77
5Japanese youth and the imagining of Keitai103
6Mobile communication and selective sociality123
7The mobile-izing Japanese : connecting to the Internet by PC and Webphone in Yamanashi143
8Accelerating reflexivity165
9Keitai and the intimate stranger183
10Keitai in public transportation205
11The gendered use of Keitai in domestic contexts219
12Design of Keitai technology and its use among service engineers237
13Technosocial situations : emergent structuring of mobile e-mail use257
14Keitai use among Japanese elementary and junior high schools students277
15Uses and possibilities of the Keitai camera300

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