Mobile Media Research—State of the Art

Authored by: Gerard Goggin , Larissa Hjorth

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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It is commonplace to remark on the extraordinary development and diffusion of the mobile phone and associated technologies. From its commercial introduction in the late 1970s and early 1980s, mobile phone subscriptions will have exceeded seven billion at the time of publishing this book. While its global impact is undeniable, in each location we see how the mobile phone shapes, and is shaped by, the everyday. In other words, as global as the mobile phone is, it is also local upon every level. Far from even in its uptake, the mobile phone reflects and amplifies existing inequalities while also providing new avenues for expression and agency. Like many cultural goods, its access, use, and significance are conditioned by social stratification, disparity of wealth and income, and entrenched dynamics of inequality. Yet mobiles have found their way into the hands, pockets, purses, bags, clothes, and lives of a wide range of societies, ages, cultures, and places.

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