1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Edited By Gerard Goggin, Larissa Hjorth Copyright 2014
    582 Pages
    by Routledge

    582 Pages
    by Routledge

    The last decade has witnessed the rise of the cell phone from a mode of communication to an indispensable multimedia device, and this phenomenon has led to the burgeoning of mobile communication studies in media, cultural studies, and communication departments across the academy.

    The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media seeks to be the definitive publication for scholars and students interested in comprehending all the various aspects of mobile media. This collection, which gathers together original articles by a global roster of contributors from a variety of disciplines, sets out to contextualize the increasingly convergent areas surrounding social, geosocial, and mobile media discourses.

    Features include:

    • comprehensive and interdisciplinary models and approaches for analyzing mobile media;
    • wide-ranging case studies that draw from this truly global field, including China, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as Europe, the UK, and the US;
    • a consideration of mobile media as part of broader media ecologies and histories;
    • chapters setting out the economic and policy underpinnings of mobile media;
    • explorations of the artistic and creative dimensions of mobile media;
    • studies of emerging issues such as ecological sustainability;
    • up-to-date overviews on social and locative media by pioneers in the field.

    Drawn from a range of theoretical, artistic, and cultural approaches, The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media will serve as a crucial reference text to inform and orient those interested in this quickly expanding and far-reaching field.

    Introduction: Mobile Media Research –– State of the Art Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth Part 1: Fields of Mobile Media 1. Observing Multimedia Ilpo Koskinen 2. Understanding the Role of Mobile Media in Society: Models and Theories Leopoldina Fortunati 3. Theorizing Mobile Communication in the Intimate Sphere Rich Ling 4. Localizing Mobile Media: A Philippine Perspective Raul Pertierra 5. Mobile Locative Media: The Nexus of Mobile Phones and Social Media James E. Katz and Chih-Hui Lai

    Part II: Infrastructures, Economies, and Policies 6. Structure of Mobile Telecommunications Markets: Operators Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley 7. Next Generation Mobile Networks and Technologies: Impact on Mobile Media Claudio Feijóo 8. Mobile Media and Next Generation Broadband: Policy and Markets Catherine Middleton 9. The Democratization of Internet Access through Mobile Adoption in Latin America Judith Mariscal, Lucía Gamboa, and César Rentería Marín 10. Informal Mobile Economies Ramon Lobato and Julian Thomas

    Part III: New and Old Media and Entertainment 11. Small, Cheap, and Out of Control: Reflections on the Transistor Radio Noah Arceneaux 12. The Production and Consumption of News in an Age of Mobile Media Oscar Westlund 13. Mobile Video: Spreading Stories with Mobile Media Gerard Goggin 14. A Decade of Mobile Moving-Image Practice Max Schleser 15. The Smartphone Apps Economy and Apps Ecosystems Ben Goldsmith 16. Feeding Digital Omnivores: The Impact of Mobile Media in Digital Entertainment Juan Miguel Aguado and Inmaculada J. Martínez

    Part IV: Arts of Mobile Media 17.Mobile Art: Out of Your Pocket Mimi Sheller 18. Arte.mov, Mobilefest and the Emergence of a Mobile Culture in Brazil Fernanda Duarte and Adriana De Souza e Silva 19. Genealogy of Mobile Creativity: A Media Archaeological Approach to Literary Practice in Japan Kyoung-hwa Yonnie Kim 20. Does Mobile Matter?: The Case of One-Off Reading Naomi S. Baron 21. Learning with Mobile Media Fumitoshi Kato 22. Mobile Media Photography Daniel Palmer 23. Mobile Games: From Tetris to Foursquare Ingrid Richardson and Larissa Hjorth 24. Paying Attention to Angry Birds: Rearticulating Hybrid Worlds and Embodied Play through Casual iPhone Games Brendan Keogh

    Part V: New Social Categories, Identities, and Practices 25. Ageing Mobile Media Barbara Crow and Kim Sawchuk 26. The Social in the Mobile: QQ as Cross-Generational Media in China Larissa Hjorth, Jack Linchuan Qui, Baohua Zhou, and Ding Wei 27. Children and the Mobile Internet Leslie Haddon and Kjartan Ólafsson 28. The Emotional Identity of the Mobile Phone Jane Vincent and Leopoldina Fortunati 29. Mobile Media and the Emotion Work of the Household Lynn Schofield Clark 30. Bricks, Spies and Shoe Phones: Researching Mobile Media in Work and Professional Life Justine Humphry 31. Mobilities and Race Judith A. Nicholson 32. Women, ‘Double Work’ and Mobile Media: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same Sun Sun Lim 33. The Use of Mobile Media and the Struggle for Women’s Empowerment Kathleen M. Cumiskey 34. Masculinity, Sport and Mobile Phones: A Case Study of Surfing Clifton Evers 35. Tactics of Wellbeing: Mobile Media and a New Turn in the Human-Food Relationship Jaz Hee-jeong Choi 36. Mobile Sentimental Education: Attachment, Recognition and Modulations of Intimacy Amparo Lasén

    Part VI: Cultures and Politics 37. Mobile Communication and Civic Life: Implications of Private and Public Uses of the Technology Scott W. Campbell and Nojin Kwak 38. Political Communication, the Internet, and the Mobile Media: The Case of Passion Times in Hong Kong Pui-lam Law 39. Mobile Ensembles: The Uses of Mobile Phones for Social Protest by Spain’s Indignados Arnau Monterde and John Postill 40. Locating Labor in Mobile Media Studies Greg de Peuter, Enda Brophy, and Nicole S. Cohen 41. Pavement Internet: Mobile Media Economies and Ecologies in South Africa Marion Walton 42. The Aesthetics of Mobile Money Platforms in Haiti Erin B. Taylor and Heather A. Horst

    Part VII: Geographies of Mobile Social Media 43. Mobile Phone Usage in Turkana, Kenya Ichiyo Habuchi 44. The Digital Wayfarer: Reconceptualising Camera Phone Practices In An Age Of Locative Media Sarah Pink and Larissa Hjorth 45. Intimate Banalities: The Emotional Currency of Shared Camera Phone Images during the Queensland Flood Disaster Larissa Hjorth and Jean Burgess 46. Mobile Media, Place, and Location Rowan Wilken 47. Storytelling with Mobile Media: Exploring the Intersection of Site-Specificity, Content, and Materiality Jason Farman


    Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. He is the author of New Technologies and the Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Global Mobile Media (Routledge, 2011), Cell Phone Culture (Routledge, 2006), and Digital Disability (UNSW Press, 2003; with Christopher Newell).

    Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Professor in the Games Programs, and Co-Director of RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Heather Horst. She is the author of Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (Routledge, 2009), Games & Gaming (Berg, 2010), Online@AsiaPacific: Mobile, Social and Locative in the Asia–Pacific region (with Michael Arnold, Routledge, 2013), and Understanding Social Media (with Sam Hinton, Sage, 2013).

    "The two editors seem to have perfected the art of compilation, and this perfectly refined companion reflects their scholarly experience. They strengthen their guidance by offering examples, and, importantly, they refer the reader to works that cover specific areas of the field. This is useful as the Companion favours breadth over depth. It is a well-founded broad summary for newcomers to the field and an equally well-founded status update for seasoned media scholars looking into the increasingly diverse field of mobile media studies. I welcome the inclusion of the underlying and sometimes rather technical aspects of infrastructures, economies and policies. In short, the Companion addresses everything that goes on behind and beyond the gleaming interfaces of the modern mobile media." - Andreas Lenander Ægidius, MedieKultur Journal of Media and Communication Research

    "[C]hapter contributors address international politics, localization, globalization, cultural geographies, aging and age-related patterns of use, questions of gender and race, art, personal and cultural identity, comparative history, effects on social and kinship patterns, political activism, and economic and structural trends.  This is an excellent resource for someone looking for ideas relating to and directions in which to explore mobile media. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended."
    --P. L. Kantor, Southern Vermont College, in CHOICE

    "The constant developments in mobile media make it an exciting field of scholarship, and this book exploits these exciting energies." - Niall Flynn, LSE Review of Books