Communicative mobility and mobile work: the management of everyday life and communication networks in a mediatized world
Concerning the interrelations of work, mobility and communication, research is in progress focusing on two very important fields: a group which could be called the ‘mobile elite’, exaggeratedly represented by the ‘jet-set business society’, and communicative relations in minority groups such as migrant and diasporic communities. At the same time, it seems that some decisive phenomena have been more or less excluded from scientific analysis so far: although sociology in particular is dealing with social processes and consequences of mobile labor, an expertise on related media use and aspects of communicative processes is widely missing in this discourse. That is why this article focuses on the communication practices in situations of job-related mobility, including individuals who have relocated due to job or educational reasons, are working in highly mobile business branches, or can be described as weekly commuters. My aim is to investigate to what extent different forms of local mobility correspond with specific patterns of communication-practices. As I will show, the appropriation of digital media is interrelated to a certain degree with the way people realize spatial requirements of an individualized labor market. Especially in terms of coordinating everyday life and maintaining remote relations, detailed communicative strategies are applied.
The core of this study applies the concept of communicative mobility (Hepp 2006, 2007, 2008). In general, this approach marks a tool to investigate the manifold interrelations between mobile people and media from a communication studies point of view...
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