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Beyond the personal and private: Modes of mobile phone sharing in urban India

Molly Steenson and Jonathan Donner

Abstract

This chapter contributes to the overall dialogue on the significance of mobile communication for human, social space by expanding the inquiry into one of the world’s largest communities of mobile users, India. In this context, we draw on ethnographic research to identify various modes of mobile phone sharing which cannot be entirely explained by economic necessity, and instead reflect deeper processes of human organization. In the process, the chapter further illustrates how mobile communication helps people create and alter the social spaces around them.

Details

Publication typeInbook
Pages231-250
Volume1
PublisherTransaction Publishers
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