Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective

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How wireless technology is redefining the relationship of communication, technology, and society around the world—in everyday work and life, in youth culture, in politics, and in the developing world.

Wireless networks are the fastest growing communications technology in history. Are mobile phones expressions of identity, fashionable gadgets, tools for life—or all of the above? Mobile Communication and Society looks at how the possibility of multimodal communication from anywhere to anywhere at any time affects everyday life at home, at work, and at school, and raises broader concerns about politics and culture both global and local.

Drawing on data gathered from around the world, the authors explore who has access to wireless technology, and why, and analyze the patterns of social differentiation seen in unequal access.They explore the social effects of wireless communication—what it means for family life, for example, when everyone is constantly in touch, or for the idea of an office when workers can work anywhere. Is the technological ability to multitask further compressing time in our already hurried existence?

The authors consider the rise of a mobile youth culture based on peer-to-peer networks, with its own language of texting, and its own values. They examine the phenomenon of flash mobs, and the possible political implications. And they look at the relationship between communication and development and the possibility that developing countries could "leapfrog" directly to wireless and satellite technology. This sweeping book—moving easily in its analysis from the United States to China, from Europe to Latin America and Africa—answers the key questions about our transformation into a mobile network society.

 

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Contents

Our Networks Our Lives
1
1 The Diffusion of Wireless Communication in the World
7
Age Gender Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status
39
3 Communication and Mobility in Everyday Life
77
4 The Mobile Youth Culture
127
5 The Space of Flows Timeless Time and Mobile Networks
171
6 The Language of Wireless Communication
179
Social Movements Political Power and Communication Networks
185
New Issues New Strategies
215
The Mobile Network Society
245
Notes
259
References
273
Index
323
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Manuel Castells is Professor of Communication and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, as well as Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, Research Professor at the Open University of Catalonia, and Marvin and Joanne Grossman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Technology and Society at MIT. He is the author of, among other books, the three-volume work The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture.

Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol is Senior researcher at IN3 Interdisciplinary Institute and Lecturer in the Department of Econometrics, Statistics, and Spanish Economy at the University of Barcelona.

Jack Linchuan Qiu is Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a coauthor (with Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, and Araba Sey) of Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective (MIT Press, 2006).

Araba Sey is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School and the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA).

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