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The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication
     

The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication

by Heather A. Horst, Daniel Miller
 

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Few modern innovations have spread quite so quickly as the cell phone. This technology has transformed communication throughout the world.

Mobile telecommunications have had a dramatic effect in many regions, but perhaps nowhere more than for low-income populations in countries such as Jamaica, where in the last few years many people have moved from no

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Few modern innovations have spread quite so quickly as the cell phone. This technology has transformed communication throughout the world.

Mobile telecommunications have had a dramatic effect in many regions, but perhaps nowhere more than for low-income populations in countries such as Jamaica, where in the last few years many people have moved from no phone to cell phone. This book reveals the central role of communication in helping low-income households cope with poverty.

The book traces the impact of the cell phone from personal issues of loneliness and depression to the global concerns of the modern economy and the transnational family. As the technology of social networking, the cell phone has become central to establishing and maintaining relationships in areas from religion to love. The Cell Phone presents the first detailed ethnography of the impact of this new technology through the exploration of the cell phone's role in everyday lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857850805
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
692 KB

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Meet the Author

Daniel Miller teaches in the Department of Anthropology, University College London.
Heather A Horst is Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for New Media, University of California Berkeley.
Heather A. Horst is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia.
Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology, University College London. Recent books include 'A Theory of Shopping', 'The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach' (with Don Slater) and Ed. 'Car Cultures'.

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