1st Edition

Linguistic and Material Intimacies of Cell Phones

ISBN 9781138229679
Published April 12, 2018 by Routledge
286 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

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

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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.