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Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

James E. Katz


Mobile communication has become mainstream and even omnipresent. It is arguably the most successful and certainly the most rapidly adopted new technology in the world; more than one in three people worldwide possesses a mobile phone. This book offers a view of the cultural, family, and interpersonal consequences of mobile communication across the globe. Scholars analyze the effect of mobile communication on all parts of life, from the relationship between literacy and the textual features of mobile phones to the use of ringtones as a form of social exchange, from the “aspirational consumption” ... More

Keywords: literacy, ringtones, aspirational consumption, daily life, social networks, communication strategies, social organization, political activities, elite use, mass use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262113120
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Katz, editor

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1 Introduction

James E. Katz

Digital Divides and Social Mobility

2 The Mobile Makes Its Mark

Lara Srivastava

6 Mobile Communication in Mexico: Policy and Popular Dimensions

Judith Mariscal, and Carla Marisa Bonina

Sociality and Co-presence

11 The Mobile Phone’s Ring

Christian Licoppe

16 The Social Effects of Keitai and Personal Computer E-mail in Japan

Kakuko Miyata, Jeffrey Boase, and Barry Wellman

Politics and Social Change

Culture and Imagination

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

Jonathan Donner, Nimmi Rangaswamy, Molly Wright Steenson, and Carolyn Wei

27 Mobile Music as Environmental Control and Prosocial Entertainment

James E. Katz, Katie M. Lever, and Yi-Fan Chen

30 Mobile Games and Entertainment

James E. Katz, and Sophia Krzys Acord

Conclusions and Future Prospects


Manuel Castells