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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies$
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James E. Katz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113120

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001

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Mobile Technology and the Body: Apparatgeist, Fashion, and Function

Mobile Technology and the Body: Apparatgeist, Fashion, and Function

(p.153) 12 Mobile Technology and the Body: Apparatgeist, Fashion, and Function
Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Scott Campbell

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a survey on people’s perspectives regarding their mobile handsets with respect to fashion and functionality. The relationship between fashion and the functional aspects of technology is highlighted, focusing on young people, who perceive their handsets to be an extension of their personality. The chapter highlights research examining the purposes of using mobile communication, in which three categories of mobile phone use—safety/security, instrumental use, and expressive use —were developed, of which expressive use seems to have a relationship with fashion. It discusses the uses of Apparatgeist theory and its pure communication assumption to understand the wearable personal communication technologies conceptualizations, helping to link technology uses to perceptions of the technology as fashion.

Keywords:   mobile handsets, fashion, functionality, mobile communication, Apparatgeist theory, personal communication technologies

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