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Theories of the Mobile Internet

Materialities and Imaginaries, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Herman, Jan Hadlaw, Thom Swiss


272 pages

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This volume proposes the mobile Internet is best understood as a socio-technical "assemblage" of objects, practices, symbolic representations, experiences and affects. Authors from a variety of disciplines discuss practices mediated through mobile communication, including current phone and tablet devices. The converging concepts of Materialities (ranging from the political economy of communication to physical devices) and Imaginaries (including cultural values, desires and perceptions) are touchstones for each of the chapters in the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theories of the Mobile Internet: Mobilities, Assemblages, Materialities, and Imaginaries Andrew Herman, Jan Hadlaw, and Thomas Swiss Part I: The Politics of Mobility and Immobility 1. "We Shall Not Be Moved:" On the Politics of Immobility Darin Barney 2. Openness and Enclosure in Mobile Internet Architecture Alison Powell 3. The Materiality of Locative Media: On the Invisible Structure of Mobile Networks Jason Farman 4. Labours of Mobility: Communicative Capitalism and the Smartphone Cybertariat Enda Brophy and Greig de Peuter Part II: Mobile Pasts and Futures 5. Wireless Pasts and Wired Futures Ghislain Thibault 6. The Rise, Fall and Future of BlackBerry ™ Capitalism Andrew Herman and Vincent Manzerolle 7. Mobile Web 2.0: New Imaginaries of Mobile Internet Gerard Goggin 8. Towards a Future Archaeology of Mobile Telecoms Laura Watts Part III: Living Mobile Lives 9. The Mobile Phone (and Texts) as a Taken for Granted Mediation Rich Ling 10. New and Old, Young and Old: Aging the Mobile Imaginary Barbara Crow & Kim Sawchuk 11. "I’m Melvin, a 4G Hot Spot" Thomas Swiss 12. A Hole in the Hand: Assemblages of Attention and Mobile Screens J. Macgregor Wise 13. Apps and Drive Jodi Dean

About the Editors

Andrew Herman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. He has written widely in the field of social theory, media and culture. Among his many publications are The "Better Angels of Capitalism: Rhetoric, Narrative and Moral Identity Among Men of the American Upper Class (1999) and his edited collections, Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Cultural Theory (1997), The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory (2000).

Jan Hadlaw is an Associate Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her scholarly interests include media history, science and technology studies, and the role of design in everyday life. Her current research examines the role played by technology and design in the construction of Canadian national identity. Her work has appeared in Space and Culture, Design Issues, and Objets et communication, MEI (Médiation et information).

Thom Swiss is Professor of Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota. Author of two books of poems, Measure and Rough Cut, he is the editor of books on popular music, including Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (2009) as well as books on new media literature and culture, including New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories (2006).

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.


To submit a proposal for this series, please contact:
Suzanne Richardson, Commissioning Editor for Media, Cultural and Communication Studies
[email protected]

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Subject Categories

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