Mobile Phone Culture in the Asia Pacific: The Art of Being by Larissa Hjorth

By Larissa Hjorth

This century has been marked by way of the fast and divergent uptake of cellular telephony through the global. The cellular phone has develop into a poignant image for postmodernity and the attendant modes of world mobility and immobility. such a lot significantly, the icon of the cellular phone is so much palpable within the Asia-Pacific within which a range of innovation and purchaser practices – reflecting gender and locality – are available. throughout the lens of gendered cellular media, cellular Media within the Asia Pacific presents perception into this phenomenon by way of concentrating on case experiences in Japan, South Korea, China and Australia. regardless of the ubiquity and multi-layered nature of cellular media within the quarter, the styles of lady intake have acquired little cognizance within the transforming into literature on cellular communique globally. applying ethnographic examine carried out within the Asia-Pacific over a six-year interval, this publication investigates the connection among gender, know-how and diverse varieties of mobility and immobility within the zone. This ebook outlines the rising modes of gender performativity that makes the Asia-Pacific zone so certain to different areas globally. cellular Media within the Asia Pacific is a attention-grabbing learn for college students and students attracted to new media and gender within the Asia-Pacific zone.

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S Beyond Mobile: People, Communications and Marketing in the Mobilised World (2002). In these, the possibilities of the mobile phone as a lens for conceptualising broader social phenomena became apparent. 30 Mobile media societies The same year saw Howard Rheingold’s popular Smart Mobs: the Next Social Revolution, which extended, via anecdotes and secondary sourced material, the global sampling that Plant had conducted the previous year. 2002 also saw the beginnings of mobile communication research in Asia, typified by the then small but annually expanding conferences held in Seoul by Shin Dong Kim.

I was very aware how being an Anglo Saxon female would alter my respondents’ answers and I sought to be reflexive to some of the notions about gender that were a product of a Western context. While I had spent, on average, at least a year, on and off, living in each location apart from Hong Kong (which I visited frequently for periods of three weeks to one month), I was mindful of the need to be sensitive to cultural and socio-linguistic subtleties. 6 The follow-up sample study groups conducted in 2005 and early 2006 included new respondents, and the shift into mobile media (such as camera phone practices) became apparent.

Through various forms of innovative mobile technology in locations such as Tokyo, Seoul, the Shanghai–Suzhou corridor and the potentialities of colossal new markets – particularly China – the Asia-Pacific now plays an important role in global production and consumption circuits. In sum, the region’s formidable economic power has now transformed into a rising cultural currency globally. The multiple forms of cultural capital that the Asia-Pacific commands worldwide are undisputed, particularly the rise of mobile phone cultures as part of the region’s techno-cultural capital.

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