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Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones

1st Edition

Edited by Joshua A. Bell, Joel C. Kuipers


286 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones offers a detailed ethnographic and anthropological examination of the social, cultural, linguistic and material aspects of cell phones. With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars, this is a truly global collection with rural and urban examples from communities across the Global North and South. Linking the use of cell phones to contemporary discussions about representation, mediation and subjectivity, the book investigates how this increasingly ubiquitous technology challenges the boundaries of privacy and selfhood, raising new questions about how we communicate.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phone Communication

Joel C. Kuipers and Joshua A. Bell

Part I: Origins

1. The Slow Road to Tartarus: Technological Fetishism, Materiality, and the Trafficking in “Conflict Minerals” in the Eastern DR Congo

Jeffrey W. Mantz

2. The role of mobile phones in the mediation of border crossings: A study of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Heather A. Horst and Erin B. Taylor

3. ‘Bridges to Cash’: Channelling Agency in Mobile Money

Bill Maurer, Taylor C. Nelms, and Stephen C. Rea

Part II: Uses

4. Medialects in the Creation of Mayan Peer Cultures: Romantic Texting as a New Literacy Practice

Lourdes de León

5. Phone-made Poiesis: Towards an Ethnography of Call and Response

Jennifer Deger

6. Technologically Mediated Sociality: Negotiating Culture, Communication and Access

Elizabeth Keating

7. Safety, Sensemaking and Solidarity: Mobile Communication in the Immediate Aftermath of the July 22, 2011 Oslo Bombing

Rich Ling, Pål Sundsøy, Leysia Palen, Geoff Canright, Johannes Bjelland, and Kenth Engø-Monsen

8. Piracy, Cloning, and Criminal Cats: The Discomforts of Cellularity in Brazil

Alexander S. Dent

9. Curating Visual Experiences through Mobile Phones

Alexandra Weilenmann and Thomas Hillman

Part III: Ends of Life

10. Intimate Materialities in Cell Phone Repair: Performance, Anxiety and Trust in DC Repair Shops

Joel C. Kuipers and Joshua A. Bell, with Jacqueline Hazen, Amanda Kemble, and Briel Kobak

11. Cell Phone Antinomies: A Commentary

Webb Keane

About the Editors

Joshua A. Bell is a cultural anthropologist and Curator of Globalization at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, USA.

Joel C. Kuipers is professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at the George Washington University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General