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Mobile Communication [Hardcover]

Rich Ling , Scott W. Campbell

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June 14 2011 1412818613 978-1412818612

Mobile Communication covers a wide range of topics. These include the replacement of co-present interaction with mediated contact and analysis of mobile-based cohesion and gender. The authors also explore the role of media choice and its effect on the quality as well as quantity of social cohesion. Other topics include mobile communication and communities of interest; and mobile communication, cohesion, and youth.

This volume brings together scholars from around the world to consider how mobile communication both builds and destroys our sense of social cohesion. There is no question that uses of technology can lead to increased cohesion within personal communities. For example, this volume includes research on caravan couples in Australia, factory workers in China, young couples in Germany, citizens in Slovenia, and sports clubs in Ireland. It also includes research on drunken calls between university students in the US, calls of international students in Switzerland and communications between immigrant women in Melbourne, Australia.

However, the contributors also argue that as social networks become inundated with mobile communication users, these users may become increasingly isolated and social division can ensue.


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  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (June 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412818613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412818612
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,827,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Although perspectives differ on whether the effects of mobile communication are beneficial, these essays make clear that this topic is worthy of investigation. A good addition to communication and mass media collections… Recommended."

—R. Davis, Choice

“An intriguing blend of the impacts of technology on culture, "Mobile Communication" is a fine read, a core addition to any sociology and technology collections, very much recommended reading.”

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