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date: 02 June 2020

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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 enabled the smartphone and thereby a wide variety of functions, services, and platforms that are used throughout society. These have had wide-ranging consequences. This volume presents the work of more than 70 authors writing more than 40 chapters that describe the different dimensions of mobile communication. The chapters range from theoretical and methodological perspectives associated with mobile communication to the integration of mobile communication in a variety of social and institutional spheres. Chapters examine the visual, linguistic, locative, and sociopolitical dimensions of the domain as well as the role of apps. Finally, there are chapters that describe the challenges associated with mobile communication, its use across cultures, and future consequences. In sum, the handbook gives the reader an overview of mobile communication and the smartphone as we move into the era of 5G mobile telephony and the new world that this can portend.

Keywords: mobile communication, smartphone, social change, 4G, 5G, social consequence

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