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The Aesthetic Labor of Ethnographers  

Kjerstin Gruys and David J. Hutson

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Apr 2019
This chapter uses a comparative case method, drawing on autoethnographic accounts to explore how ethnographers perform aesthetic labor across two research sites: a women’s plus-size ... More

Aggression Through Mobile Communication: Unraveling Its Motives and Consequences  

Michel Walrave, Joris Van Ouytsel, and Koen Ponnet

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Both adolescents and adults use mobile applications to engage in conversations, expand their social networks, and, for some, engage in romantic relationships. While mobile applications ... More

Ambient Play: Understanding Mobile Games in Everyday Life  

Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
In this chapter the authors conceptualize the shifts in mobile gaming through two key rubrics—ambient play and digital wayfaring—that help to coalesce the multiple forms of domestic, ... More

Food Tastes  

Jennifer A. Jordan

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Dec 2019
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Apr 2019
This chapter addresses some of the central themes in the inquiry into food, taste, and consumption. Specifically, it focuses on how researchers have investigated the causes and consequences ... More

Gossip and Reputation in Small-scale Societies: A View from Evolutionary Anthropology  

Christopher Boehm

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Aug 2019
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Jun 2019
This chapter treats gossip and reputation from an anthropological perspective, starting with the evolutionary origin of gossiping behavior and extending through the social and evolutionary ... More

Gossip in Ethnographic Perspective  

Niko Besnier

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Aug 2019
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Jun 2019
Among the various methodological approaches to gossip, ethnography stands out as the most naturalistic and contextual. From an ethnographic perspective, gossip must be defined from the ... More

An Introduction  

Rich Ling, Leopoldina Fortunati, Gerard Goggin, Sun Sun Lim, and Yuling Li

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
The diffusion and appropriation of the mobile phone, and later the smartphone, have shaped and altered society in a variety of ways. The transition to the 3G and then the 4G networks has ... More

Learning With Mobiles or “Mobile Learning”  

John Traxler

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
The ideas of learning with mobiles in their current forms date back to roughly the turn of the century. Since then, there has been considerable change, not only in the technologies being ... More

Life, Death, and Resurrections: The Culture of Poverty Perspective  

Jessi Streib, SaunJuhi Verma, Whitney Welsh, and Linda M. Burton

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May 2016
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Apr 2017
This article examines the culture of poverty thesis, focusing on its many lives, deaths, and reincarnations. It first considers the intellectual history of the culture of poverty thesis ... More

The Message Is the Medium: Mobile Instant Messaging Apps in the Mobile Communication Ecosystem  

Juan Miguel Aguado and Inmaculada J. Martínez

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
In the early development of the smartphone ecosystem, Mobile Instant Messaging applications were to play a complementary role to that of the Short Message Service. The evolution of mobile ... More

Mobile Art: The Art of the Social  

Larissa Hjorth

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
This chapter surveys the multiple ways in which mobile media art has been defined by outlining some of the ways in which the field has been defined as it moves from media arts and hybrid ... More

Mobile Communication in Organizations  

Carsten Sørensen

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Mobile information technologies within organizations shape the way work is conducted. Equally, working practices and organizational arrangements shape the specific technological ... More

Mobile Messaging Apps and Relationship Management: The Case of WeChat in China  

Di Cui and Xueqing Li

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
This chapter examines the use of mobile messaging apps in relationship management. To contextualize the discussion, the authors focus on WeChat, a dominant mobile messaging service in China ... More

Mobile Photography  

Rich Ling and Yuling Li

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
In this chapter, we examine the growth of everyday mobile-based photography. In particular, we examine nonprofessional photography in day-to-day life. We start by discussing the elements ... More

The Mobile User’s Mindset in a Permanently Online, Permanently Connected Society  

Peter Vorderer and Christoph Klimmt

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Since the turn of the century—and that means, in an extremely short period of time—a new and dominant behavioral pattern has emerged in technology-saturated countries and cultures: the ... More

Mobiles and the Self: A Trajectory of Paradigmatic Change  

Scott W. Campbell, Edwin (Wenhuan) Wang, and Joseph B. Bayer

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
This chapter identifies old and new paradigms for how people engage with mobile media and their implications for the self. The first involves talking to distant others, which can divide the ... More

The Sacred, Profane, Pure, Impure, and Social Energization of Culture  

Dmitry Kurakin

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Sep 2019
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Jul 2019
In this chapter, I argue that the Durkheimian theory of the sacred is a crucial yet not fully recognized resource for cognitive sociology. It contains not only a theory of culture (which is ... More

Self-(Re)presentation in Mobile Communication Practices  

Amparo Lasén

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Mobile communication entails multiple and multimedia ways of representing the self: of depicting, performing, and making oneself present, to ourselves and to our significant ones, as well ... More

The Social Consequences of Phubbing: A Framework and a Research Agenda  

Mariek Vanden Abeele

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Recent empirical work suggests that phubbing, a term used to describe the practice of snubbing someone with a phone during a face-to-face social interaction, harms the quality of social ... More

Talking, Reading, and Writing on Smartphones  

Naomi S. Baron

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
Mobile phones have increasingly been transformed from speaking technologies to devices for reading and writing. Cost helped drive this shift since written short messages were historically ... More

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