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Mobile and Ubiquitous Media

Critical and International Perspectives

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Michael S. Daubs and Vincent R. Manzerolle

What does the phrase "ubiquitous media" actually mean? Individual definitions are just as varied and ubiquitous as the media to which they refer. As a result, there is to date no large-scale theoretical framework through which we can understand the term. The goal of this volume is to provide a diverse set of critical, theoretical, and international approaches useful to those looking for a more diverse and nuanced understanding of what ubiquitous media means analytically.

In contrast to other existing texts on mobile media, these contributions on mobile media are contextualised within a larger discussion on the nature and history of ubiquitous media. Other sections of this edited volume are dedicated to historical perspectives on ubiquitous media, ubiquitous media and visual culture, the role of ubiquitous media in surveillance, the political economy of ubiquitous media, and the way a ubiquitous media environment affects communities, spaces, and places throughout the world.

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Chapter Eleven: The Mediated Experiences of Our Everyday/Everynight Lives: Notes From a Case Study on Digital Labor (Susan Bryant)

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The Mediated Experiences of Our Everyday/Everynight Lives

Notes From a Case Study on Digital Labor

Susan Bryant

Canadian feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith (1999) has argued compellingly for a political economy of the everyday and everynight worlds as a means of highlighting the limitations of mainstream critical analyses of social relations. Her primary focus in making this argument has been to accentuate the need for increased attention to women’s standpoints and experiences when carrying out research; not only should women become generators of knowledge but women’s experiences needed to be brought within the frame of the research gaze. Smith’s concept of the everyday and everynight as a focus of analysis has also been foundational to the development of an institutional ethnographic approach that enables researchers to consider experiences outside what she calls the “ruling relations” (Smith 1999, 31; see also Campbell and Gregor 2008; Smith 1987, 1990).

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