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

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.

Publisher  Transaction Publishers
Copyright © 2009 by Transaction Publishers

Details

TypeChapter
Pages231-250
Volume1
> Publications > Beyond the personal and private: Modes of mobile phone sharing in urban India