What do we really know about mobile phone culture? This provocative and comprehensive collection explores the cultural and media dimensions of mobile phones around the world.
An international team of contributors look at how mobiles have been imagined through advertising and social representations - tracing the scripting and shaping of the technology through gender, sexuality, religion, communication style - and explore the locations of mobile phone culture in modernity, urban settings and even transnational families.
This book also provides a guide to convergent mobile phone culture, with fresh, innovative accounts of text messaging, Blackberry, camera phones, moblogging and mobile adventures in television. Mobile Phone Culture opens up important new perspectives on how we understand this intimate yet public cultural technology.
Previously published as a special issue of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Gerard Goggin. Mobile Phone Cultures, Politics, and Theories. Imagining Mobiles Juan Miguel Aguado & Inmaculada J. Martínez. The Construction of the Mobile Experience: The Role of Advertising Campaigns in the Domestication of Mobile Phone Technologies Alberta Contarello, Leopoldina Fortunati and Mauro Sarrica. Social Thinking and the Mobile Phone: A Study of Social Change with the Diffusion of Mobile Phones, Using a Social Representations Framework Catherine Middleton. Illusions of Balance and Control in an Always-On Environment: A Case Study of BlackBerry Users. Scripting and Shaping Mobile Technology Leslie Regan Shade. Mobile Designs as Gendered Scripts Heidi Campbell. What Hath God Wrought: Mobile Faith and the Culturing of the Cell Phone Angel Lin & Avin Tong. Text-Messaging Cultures of College Girls in Hong Kong: Communicative Features, Linguistic Styles, and Social Relations Associated with SMS Practices Yun Xia. Chinese Use of SMS. Locations of Mobile Culture Gopalan Ravindran. Body, Self and Mobile Space: Negotiating Modernity and Tradition in India Larissa Hjorth. Snapshots of Almost Contact: Gendered Camera Phone Practices and a Case Study in Seoul, Korea Tanya Batson Savage. ‘Hol’ Awn Mek a Answer Mi Cellular’: The Cellular Phone, Gender, Sex and Sexuality in Urban Jamaica Cecilia Uy-Tioco. Mobile Phones and Text Messaging: Reinventing Migrant Mothering and Transnational Families. Mobile Bodies and Visions Lisa Gye. Picture This: Mobile Camera Phones and Family Photography Christina Spurgeon, Gerard Goggin and Michael Keane. Mobiles into Media: Premium Rate SMS and the Adaptation of Television to Interactive Communication Cultures Virginia Nightingale. Moblogging: Photographic Practices in Camera Phone Weblogs Ingrid Richardson. Pocket Technospaces: The Bodily Incorporation of Mobile New Media. Studying Mobile Phone Cultures: Future Directions Mark McLelland. Socio-Cultural Aspects of Mobile Communication Technologies in ‘Asia’ Gerard Goggin. Trajectories of Mobile Network Cultures
Dr Gerard Goggin is an ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, studying mobile phone culture. He has published widely on new media and culture, and his books include Internationalizing Internet Studies (2007), Cell Phone Culture (2006), Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia (2004), and Digital Disability (2003). Gerard is editor of Media International Australia.