Mobile Communication in Everyday Life - Ethnographic Views, Observations and Reflections

by: Joachim R. Höflich, Maren Hartmann (Eds.)

Frank & Timme, 2006

ISBN: 9783865960412 , 327 Pages

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Mobile Communication in Everyday Life - Ethnographic Views, Observations and Reflections


 

Contents

6

Introduction: The ethnographic view

12

Structure

16

Dedication

18

References

18

Places of Life – Places of Communication: Observations of Mobile Phone Usage in Public Places

20

Introduction: mobile communication and social arrangements

20

Mobile communication in the public sphere

24

Observations on the Piazza Matteotti

28

Behaviour on the piazza

32

Concluding remarks

47

References

49

Photos and Fieldwork: Capturing Norms for Mobile Phone Use in the US

56

Background

57

Photos as means of communication

57

Photos as data collection

60

Ur-form

63

Photography of mobile phone use

65

Strategies: decoys and distance

65

Mobile phone use photos as data

67

Presenting the ur-form of public mobile phone use

69

Contextual factors

70

Ethics

72

Conclusion

75

References

77

Everyday Contexts of Camera Phone Use: Steps Toward Techno-Social Ethnographic Frameworks

80

Introduction

80

Camera phone adoption and research

81

Research design

83

Techno-social situations of camphone use

88

Conclusion

100

Acknowledgements

101

References

102

Mobile Visuality and Everyday Life in Finland: An Ethnographic Approach to Social Uses of Mobile Image

104

Approaching the social uses of mobile images

105

Multi-method ethnography

106

Ethnographic field experiments

109

Camera phones and the cycle of ‘moral panics’

111

Mobile image and telepresence

116

Ethnography and some methodological challenges

118

References

119

Unfaithful: Reflections of Enchantment, Disenchantment … and the Mobile Phone

124

Unfaithful

128

Secrecy and subterfuge

131

Conclusion

141

References

142

“I have a free phone so I don’t bother to send SMS, I call” – The Gendered Use of SMS Among Adults in Intact and Divorced Families

146

Introduction

146

The use of SMS

147

Spoken and written language

147

Gender and electronically mediated language

148

SMS as a ‘women’s medium’

150

SMS and the life cycle

153

Social networking and the instrumental use of SMS

156

Contact with males

158

Male attitudes towards SMS

160

Authenticity via SMS

162

The ideology of voice interaction

163

The power dimensions of voice and SMS

164

Conclusion

165

References

168

Another Kind of ‘Mobility’: Mobiles in Terrorist Attacks

174

Some basic facts

175

Roles played by mobile phones

177

Mobile phone networks during March 2004

180

Explosion-oriented role

183

Rescue role

185

Reinforcing kinship and friendship ties

187

Mass medium role

189

Conclusion

199

References

202

Fashion and Technology in the Presentation of the Self

204

Rationale

205

Identity, presentation of the self and new technologies

205

Mobile communication, fashion and presentation of the self

208

Aim and method

209

Results

211

Conclusion

224

References

225

How To Be in Two Places at The Same Time?- Mobile Phone Use in Public Places

228

The ethnographic work

231

Co-presence in public places: doing being a stranger

234

Mobile phone use in public: any topic, anywhere, anyone

236

Presence modulation

237

Conclusion

246

References

248

Beyond Talk, Beyond Sound: Emotional Expression and the Future of Mobile Connectivity

256

Preamble

256

Background

256

A way forward

259

Conceptualising emotion for design

261

Technologies for particular expressions

262

Stretching channels

263

The building blocks of expression

265

Lessons

267

Conclusion

269

References

270

A Mobile Ethnographic View on (Mobile) Media Usage?

274

Ethnographic media research

275

Domestication approach

276

Once again: what are media ethnographies?

279

Mobile media ethnography?

280

Urban Mobilities/ Urban Journeys9

284

Urban Tapestries16

289

The (im)possibility of a mobile ethnography?

294

References:

296

Ethnography, Related Research Approaches and Digital Media

300

Doing research in the rapidly changing environment of digital media

300

Some basics about empirical research

304

Some basics on qualitative research approaches

309

Some basics about research in order to construct new theories

311

Some basics about ethnography

313

Conclusion

316

References

318

Authors

322

Amalia Cianchi

322

Bella Ellwood-Clayton

322

Leopoldina Fortunati

322

Richard Harper

322

Maren Hartmann

323

Steve Hodges

323

Joachim Höflich

323

Lee Humphreys

323

Mizuko Ito

324

Friedrich Krotz

324

Amparo Lasen

324

Rich Ling

325

Santiago Lorente

325

Daisuke Okabe

325

Virpi Oksman

325