The Cell Phone Reader offers a diverse, eclectic set of essays that examines how this rapidly evolving technology is shaping new media cultures, new forms of identity, and media-centered relationships. The contributors focus on a range of topics, from horror films to hip-hop, from religion to race, and draw examples from across the globe.
The Cell Phone Reader provides a road map for both scholars and beginning students to examine the profound social, cultural and international impact of this small device.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. VI, 246 pp.
Contents: Anandam Kavoori/Noah Arceneaux: Introduction – Paul Levinson: The Little Big Blender: How the Cellphone Integrates
the Digital and the Physical, Everywhere – Adriana de Souza e Silva: Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces – Janey Gordon: The Cell
Phone: An Artifact of Popular Culture and a Tool of the Public Sphere – Rich Ling: Life in the Nomos: Stress, Emotional Maintenance,
and Coordination via the Mobile Telephone in Intact Families – Wendy Robinson/David Robison: Tsunami Mobilizations: Considering
the Role of Mobile and Digital Communication Devices, Citizen Journalism, and the Mass Media – Collette Snowden: Cstng A pwr4l
spLL: D evOLshn f SMS (Casting a Powerful Spell: The Evolution of SMS) – Allison Whitney: Can You Fear Me Now?: Cell Phones
and the American Horror Film – Heidi Campbell: Texting the Faith: Religious Users and Cell Phone Culture – Gerard Goggin/Christopher
Newell: Disabling Cell Phones – Davin Heckman: «Do You Know the Importance of a Skypager?»: Telecommunications, African Americans,
and Popular Culture – Bahíyyih Maroon: Mobile Sociality in Urban Morocco – Paul Leonardi/Marianne E. Leonardi/Elizabeth Hudson:
Culture, Organization, and Contradiction in the Social Construction of Technology: Adoption and Use of the Cell Phone across
Three Cultures – Anandam Kavoori/Kalyani Chadha: The Cell Phone as a Cultural Technology: Lessons from the Indian Case.