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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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“Express Yourself” and “Stay Together”: The Middle-Class Indian Family

“Express Yourself” and “Stay Together”: The Middle-Class Indian Family

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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Jonathan Donner

Nimmi Rangaswamy

Molly Wright Steenson

Carolyn Wei

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This chapter explores the role of mobile phones within middle-class Indian families with respect to reshaping and helping to explain problems within the families. It states that the family finances are one of the factors considered before the purchase of a mobile handset in middle-class Indian families. The chapter also explores how mobile communication plays an important role in maintaining contact in romantic as well as other family relationships for the individuals, but can also cause problems as romantic relationships may strengthen without addressing issues such as disagreements with parents. A study is presented that illustrates how traditional Indian domestic boundaries are challenged, extended, and protected by mobiles.

Keywords:   mobile phones, Indian families, family finances, relationships, Indian domestic boundaries

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