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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
With staggering swiftness, the mobile phone has become a fixture of daily life
in almost every society on earth. In 2007, the world had over 3 billion mobile
subscriptions. Prosperous nations boast of having more subscriptions than
people. In the developing world, hundreds of millions of people who could never
afford a landline telephone now have a mobile number of their own. With a
mobile in our hand many of us feel safer, more productive, and more connected
to loved ones, but perhaps also more distracted and less involved with things
happening immediately around us.
Written by two leading researchers in the field, this volume presents an
overview of the mobile telephone as a social and cultural phenomenon. Research
is summarized and made accessible though detailed descriptions of ten mobile
users from around the world. These illustrate popular debates, as well as
deeper social forces at work. The book concludes by considering three themes:
1) the tighter interlacing of daily activities 2) a revolution of control in
the social sphere, and 3) the arrival of a world where the majority of its
inhabitants are reachable, anytime, anywhere.