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Mobile Technology and Place

1st Edition

Edited by Rowan Wilken, Gerard Goggin


244 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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An international roster of contributors come together in this comprehensive volume to examine the complex interactions between mobile media technologies and issues of place. Balancing philosophical reflection with empirical analysis, this book examines the specific contexts in which place and mobile technologies come into focus, intersect, and interact. Given the far-reaching impact of contemporary mobile technology use – and given the lasting importance of the concept and experiences of place – this book will appeal to a wide range of scholars in media and cultural studies, sociology, and philosophy of technology.


‘In sum, this book is a prime resource and excellent initial investigation of one of the most basic concepts for mobile media studies.’ Oliver Leistert, Mobile Media & Communication

Table of Contents

1: Theorising Place & Mobiles 1. Mobilising Place: Conceptual Currents and Controversies Rowan Wilken & Gerard Goggin 2. The Place of Mobility: Technology, Connectivity, and Individualization Jeff Malpas 3. Topologies of Human-Mobile-Assemblages Richard Ek 2: Media, Publics and Place-Making 4. When Urban Public Places Become ‘Hybrid Ecologies’: Proximity-based Game Encounters in Dragon Quest 9 in France and Japan Christian Licoppe and Yorika Inada 5. The Urban Dynamics of Net Localities: How Mobile and Location-Aware Technologies are Transforming Places Eric Gordon and Adriana de Souza e Silva 6. The Real Estate of the Trained Up Self: (Or is this England?) Caroline Bassett 3: Urbanity, Rurality, and the Scene of Mobiles 7. (Putting) Mobile Technologies in their Place: A Geographical Perspective Chris Gibson, Susan Luckman, and Chris Brennan-Horley 8. Still Mobile: A Case Study on Mobility, Home and Being Away in Shanghai Larissa Hjorth 9. Connection and Inspiration: Phenomenology, Mobile Communications, Place Iain Sutherland 4: Bodies, Screens, and Relations of Place 10. Going Wireless: Disengaging the Ethical Life Edward S. Casey 11. Parerga of the Third Screen: Mobile Media, Place and Presence Ingrid Richardson and Rowan Wilken 12. Encoding Place: The Politics of Mobile Location Technologies Gerard Goggin 13. The Infosphere, the Geosphere and the Mirror: The Geomedia-Based Normative Renegotiations of Body and Place Francesco Lapenta

About the Editors

Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications in the Department of Media and Communications, the University of Sydney. He is widely published on the social and cultural aspects of mobiles and Internet, with books including New Technologies and the Media (2012), Global Mobile Media (2011), Mobile Technologies: From Telecommunications to Media (2009), Internationalizing Internet Studies (2009), Cell Phone Culture (2006), Virtual Nation: The Internet in Australia (2005), and Digital Disability (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).

Rowan Wilken is Lecturer in Media & Communication, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He is author of a number of articles that examine the relationship between place and media. His present research interests include digital technologies and culture, mobile and locative media, old and new media, and theories and practices of everyday life. He is author of Teletechnologies, Place & Community (Routledge, 2011).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of digital media. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this subject as its influence and significance grow into the twenty-first century.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications