Sociology of the Mobile Phone

Universität ZürichSoziologisches Institut der Universität ZürichProf. Dr. Hans Geser

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Sociology of
the  Mobile Phone
Mobile information and Communication Systems
International Telecommunication Union
SCILS Center for Mobile Communication Studies
Blogs, Text Collections
and Media
Japan Ministry of Information & Communications Statisticsmobile communication.Mobile Entertainment, Mobile Advertizing and Mobile Marketing
Heise mobil
Mobile SocietyHuman Technology
Cellular Phone NewsMobile Audience
Mobile Community DesignInformationszentrum Mobilfunk
Digital World Research CentreStern Telefon
receiver (Vodaphone)International Telecommuniocation Union: Publications
mGain: Mobile Entertainment Industry and CultureJames E. Katz: Publications
:: Netwoman ::
Abiro - Mobile News
B R I G H T - mobile
Carnival of the Mobilists
Jaikido Blog
Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect
Keitai - Stefanie Krieger
Kiwanja - mobile & development
Marikaya - Raimo
Martin's Mobile Technology Page
mediatope II
MEX - the strategy forum for mobile user experience
Mobile Africa Articles
Mobile Africa News
Mobile Community Design
Mobile Mentalism
MobileCowboys: Nederlands populairste Mobile weblog
mobilemonday at Yahoo! Groups
Molblog - Mobile
Open Gardens
Pocket Picks – get more from your phone
Pocketinfo - RSS feed
Seoul Digital City
Small Surfaces
Smart Mobs
tarek speaks mobile…
Telecompaper Headlines
Telecomwereld - Nieuws (RSS)
TPN - The Mobile Media Show
Wi: Journal of Mobile Media
Wireless Utopia
Wireless Wonders
Xellular Identity by Xen Mendelsohn
Discusssion groups and discussion pages
Online Texts
Geser, Hans (2007): Patterns of multi-channel communication among older teens - html pdf
Geser, Hans  (2006): Are girls (even) more addicted? Some gender patterns of cell phone usage - html -   pdf
Geser, Hans  (2006): Pre-teen cell phone adoption: consequences for later patterns of phone usage and involvement - html -   pdf
Geser, Hans (2004): Towards a Sociological Theory of The Mobile Phone
Release 3.0, March 2004  html

Aftelak, Andrew et. al. (2005): Group Coordination for Mobile Families
Agnelli, Davide et al. (2004): Fashion Victims: an unconventional research approach in the field of mobile communication  pdf
Agre, Philip E. (2001): Changing Places: Contexts of Awareness in Computing. (Human-Computer Interaction 16 (2-3)
Arnold, M. (2003): On the Phenomenology of Technology: the Janus-faces" of mobile Phones
Bachen, Christine (2001): The Family in the Networked Society. 
Barkhuus, Louise (2003): How to Define the Communication Situation: Context Measures in Present Mobile Telephony
Barkhuus, Louise and Anind Dey (2003): Is Context-Aware Computing Taking Control
Away from the User? Three Levels of Interactivity Examined
Barry, Michael and Yu, LiAnne (2002): The Uses and Meaning of I-mode in Japan
Beaton, John and Wajcman, Judy (2004): The Impact of the Mobile Phone in Australia
Berg, Sara; Taylor, Alex and Harper, Richard (2005):Mobile Phones for the Next Generation: Device Designs for Teenagers
Chen, Yi-Fan and Lever, Katie (2005): Relationships among mobile phones, social networks, and academic achievement: A comparison of US and Taiwanese college students
Colbert, Martin (2002): A Diary Study of Rendezvousing: Group Size, Time Pressure and Connectivity
Corino, Gianni (2004): Spatial Issues and Performative Media in Digital Mobility: A Network Perscpective
COST 269 (2002): From Mobile to Mobility:  The Consumption of ICTs and  Mobility in Everyday Life
Crabtree, James et. al. (2003): MobileUK. Mobile Phones and Everyday LifeLife
Crandall, Jordan (2005): Operational Media
Daisuke, Okabe (2004): Emergent Social Practices, Situations and Relations through Everyday Camera Phone Use
Daisuke, Okabe (2004): Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Replacement of Social Contact
Döring, Nicola (2001): "1x Brot, Wurst, 5Sack Äpfel I.L.D." Kommunikative Funktionen von Kurzmitteilungen (SMS)
Döring, Nicola (2002): "Kurzm. wird gesendet" – Abkürzungen und Akronyme in der SMS-Kommunikation
Döring, Nicola; Hellwig, Katharina and Klimsa, Paul (2004): Mobile Communication among German Youth
Eagle, Nathan (2006): Inferring Social Network Structure using Mobile Phone Data
Fagerberg, Petra (2002): Social Awareness in a Location-Based Information System (pdf)
Fortunati, Leopoldina and Manganelli, Anna Maria (2002): Young People and the Mobile Phone
Fox, Kate (2001): Evolution, Alienation and Gossip - The role of mobile telecommunications in the 21st century
Frohlich, David; Chilton, Kathy and Drew, Paul (1997): Remote Homeplace Communication: What is it Like and How Might We Support It? Interaction Technology Department HP Laboratories Bristol
Geser, Hans (2004): Towards a Sociological Theory of The Mobile Phone, Release 3.0, March 2004  html    pdf
Geisler, Cheryl and Golden, Annis (2003): Mobile Technologies at the Boundary of Work and Life
Goetzenbrucker, Gerit (2005): Jugend im Netz? Effekte mobiler Kommunikation im Alltag Jugendlicher. Eine qualitative Studie im Ballungsraum Wien
GRIPIC (2006): Le téléphone mobile aujourd’hui : Usages, représentations, comportements sociaux
Haddon, Leslie G. (2000): The Social Consequences of Mobile Telephony
Haddon, Leslie G. (1998): The Experience of the Mobile Phone
Haddon, Leslie G. (2001): Time and ICTS
Haddon, Leslie G. (2002): Talking without communicating or communicating without talking: from the GSM to the SMS
Haddon, Leslie G. and Hamill, Lynn (2005): The influence of Mobile Phone Users on zthe Design of 3G Products and Serrvices
Deborah Hardwick; Salaff Janet (2003): Managing work-family boundaries: How do teleworkers make it work?
Harper, Richard (2004): People vs. Information: the evolution of mobile technology
Hatton, Les (2004): The rise of consumer price obfuscation in social networks: mobile/cell phone charging
Hedbring, Susanna (2002): Mobile Messaging Usability - Social and pragmatic Aspects
Hille, Koskela (2004): Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile Phones: Empowering Exhibitionism
HöflichJoachim and Rössler, Patrick (2001): Email für das Handy: SMS-Nutzung durch Jugendliche
Höflich, Joachim / Rössler Patrick (2002): The Mobile Phone and Use of the Short Message Service (SMS) by German Adolescents: Results of a Pilot Study
Höflich, Joachim (2001): Das Handy als „persönliches Medium“. Zur Aneignung des Short Message Service (SMS) durch Jugendliche

Hulme, Michael and Peters, Sue (2003): Me, my phone and I: The role of the mobile phone 
Humpfreys Lee (2003): Can you hear me now? A field study of mobile phone usage in public space   pdf
Hurme, Pertti (2005): Mobile Communication and Work Practices in knowledge-based organizations
International Telecommunication Union (2004):Shaping the Future Mobile Information Society: The Case of the Kingdom of Norway
International Telecommunication Union (2004): Social and Human Considerations for a Mobile World
International Telecommunication Union (2003): Mobile overtakes Fixed: Implications for Policy and Regulation
Ito, Mizuko (2004): Personal Portable Pedestrian. Lessons from japanese Mobile Phone Use 
Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke, Okabe (2004): Intimate Connections: Contextualizing Japanese Youth and Mobile Messaging
Ito, Mizuko (2004): Mobile Phones, Japanese Youth, and the Re-Placement of Social Contact
Ito, Mizuko (2005): Intimate Visual Co-presence
James, Diana and Drennan, Judy (2005): Explorimng Addictive Consumption of Mobile Phone Technology
Jungnickel, Katrina (2004): Urban Tapestries - sensing the city and other stories
Katz, James E. and Satomi, Sugiyama (2005): Mobile Phones as Fashion Statements
Katz, James E. (2005):  A nation of Ghosts? Choreography of Mobile Communication in Public Spaces
Kindberg, Tim; Spasojevic, Mirjana; Fleck, Rowanne and Sellen, Abigail (2004): How and Why People Use Camera Phones
Kopomaa, Timo (2000): Speaking Mobile: The City in your pocket
Kymäläinen, Pasi (ed.) (2004): mGain - Mobile Entertainment Industry and Culture
Lane, Giles (2004): Public Authoring and Civil Society
Larsen, Jonas; Urry, John and Axhausen, Kay (2007):Social Networks and future mobilities
Lasen, Amparo (2002): A comparative Study of Mobile Phone Use in London, Madrid and Paris
Lasen, Amparo (2005): The Social Shaping of Fixed and Mobile Networks: A Historical Comparison
Laughlin, Z. (2001): Mobile Phone Users: A Small-Scale Observational Study.
Laurier, Eric (2000): Why people say where they are during mobile phone calls. Glasgow
Law, Alex (2005): The social geometry of Mobile Telephony
Levitt, Blake (2000): Cell-Phone Towers and Communities: The Struggle for Local Control
Ling, Rich (2000): Norwegian teens, mobile telephony and SMS-use in School
Ling, Rich (2001): The diffusion of mobile telephony among Norwegian teens: A report from after the revolution.
Ling, Rich and Yttri, Brigitte (1999): "Nobody sits at home and waits for the telephone to ring". Micro and hypercoordination through the use of the mobile telephone
Ling, Rich (2000): "The adoption of mobile telephony among Norwegian teens".
Ling, Rich (2000): “We will be reached’: The use of mobile telephony among Norwegian youth.” Information technology and people 13 (2), 102-120 
Ling, Rich (2001): Adolescent Girls and young adult men: Two subculture of the mobile telephone
Lohan, E Maria (1997): ‘Men, Masculinity and the Domestic Telephone. A Theoretical Framework for studying Gender and Technology'
Logemann, Niels und Feldhaus, Michael (2002):Zwischen SMS und download – Erste Ergebnisse zur Untersuchung der neuen Medien Mobiltelefon und Internet in der Familie
Lorente, Santiago (2002) Youth and Mobile Telephones: More than a fashion
Lowry, Dianne and Moskos, Megan (2005): Hanging on the Mobile Phone. Experiencing Work and Space Flexibility
Mantje-Meijer, Enid and Pires, Doris (2002): SMS Use by young people in the Netherlands
Mante-Meijer, Enid and Ling, Richard (2001): The adoption and use of ICT services in Europe. Potential acceptance of mobile broadband services
Maris, Claire Lobet and Henin, Jaurent (2002): Talking without communicating or communicating without talking: from the GSM to the SMS
McGuigan, Jim (2005): Towards a sociology of the mobile phone
MGAIN (2003): Mobile Entertainment Industry and Culture
Mitrea, Oana Stefana (2006): Understanding the Mobile telephony usage patterns
Nold, Christian (2003): Legible Mob
Okabe, Daisaku et. al. (2005): Location-Based Moblogging as Method: New Views into the Use and Practice of Persona, Social, and Mobile Technologies
Okabe, Daisaku (2005): Social Practice of Camera Phone in Japan
Oksman, Virpi and Rautiainen, Pirjo (2002): I've got my whole life in may hand
Oulasvirta, Antti (2005): Grounding the Innovation of Future Technologies
Palen, Leysia; Salzmann, Marilyn and Youngs, Ed (2001): Going Wireless: Behavior & Practice of New Mobile Phone Users
Paterson, Andrew (2003): Re-Appropriating Urban Space: Confessions of a Potential Mobile Graffiti-Artist
Paulos, Eric; Anderson, Ken and Townsend, Anthony (2004): UbiComp in the Urban Frontier
PedersenPer E. (2002): Adoption of mobile Internet services: An exploratory study of mobile commerce early adopters
Pedersen, Per E. (2003): Adoption of Mobile Services. Model Development and Cross-Service Study
Pertierra, Paul (2005): Mobile Phones, Identity and Discursive Intimacy
Plant, Sadie (2000): On the Mobile, The effect of mobile telephones on social and individual life
Prøitz, Lin (2004): The Mobile Gender. A Study of Young Norwegian People’s Gender Performances in Text Messages
Reid, Donna and Reid, Fraser (2004): Insights into the Social and Psychological Effects of SMS Text Messaging
Rice, Ronald E. and Katz, James E. (2003): Comparing internet and mobile phone usage: Digital divides of usage, adoption and dropouts
Rivière, Carole-Anne (2002): Mini-messaging in everyday interactions: a dual strategy for exteriorising and hiding privacy to maintain social contacts
Roos, J. P. (1993): Sociology of cellular telephone: The nordic model (published in Telecommunications policy Vol 17, Nr 6, August 1993 
Roos, J. P. (2001): Postmodernity and Mobile Communications. ESA Helsinki Conference, Aug. 2001
Rudström, Åsa and HöökKristina (2003): Designing a Mobile Social Service for a Mall: User Experiences of Kista Galleria
Sawhney, Nitin and Gomez, Herve (2000):Communication Patterns in Domestic Life: Preliminary Ethnographic Study. Dept. of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology, University of Paris X Nanterre
Schiano, Diane J. et. al. (2007): Tokyo Youth at Leisure.
Schmidt, Albrecht et. al. (2001): Context Phonebook - extending Mobile Phone Applications with Context
Selian, Audry N. (2004): Mobile Phone and Youth: A Look at the U. S. Student Market ITU
Sheridan, Jennifer G.; Dix, Alan; Lock, Simon and Bayliss. Alice (2004): Understanding Interactions in Ubiquitous Guerilla Performance in Playful Arenas
Smith, Ian (2005): Social Disclosure of Place: From Location Technology to Communication Practices
Sonnemann, Ingrid (2004): Kommunikation im Wandel, Auswirkungen des Mobilfunks auf die Gesellschaft
de Souza e Silva, Araujo, Adriana (2004): From Multiuser Environments as (virtual) Spaces to (hybrid) Spaces as Multiuser Environments
Sorensen Love, Knut H. (2002): Duty and the S-Curve. An overview of some current literature on gender and ICT
Mirjam, Struppek (2002): Interaktionsfeld Öffentlicher Raum im digitalen Zeitalter (pdf)
Taylor, Alex S. and Harper, Richard (2002): Age-old practices in the ‘New World’: A study of gift-giving between teenage mobile phone users
Taylor, Alex S.: Phone Talk  Local Forms of Subversion
Taylor, Alex S. and Harper, Richard (2003): The gift of the gab?: a design oriented sociology of young people’s use of mobiles
Townsend, Anthony M. (2000): “Life in the real-time city: mobile telephones and urban metabolism”. Journal of Urban Technology. (7)2:85-104.
Townsend, Anthony M. (2003): Wired/Unwired: The Urban Geography of Digital Networks
Townsend, Anthony M. (2004): Mobile Communications in the 21st Century City
Truch, Anna and Hulme, Michael (2004): Exploring the implications for social identity of the new sociology of the mobile phone.
Tuters, Marc (2004): The Locative Commons: Situating Location-Based Media in Urban Public Space
Vehovar, Vasja; Belak, Eva; Batagelj, Zenel and Čikić, Sanja (2004): Mobile Phone  Surveys: The Slovenian Case Study
Vershinskaya, Olga (2002): Mobile Communication. Use of Mobile Phones as a Social Phenomenon - The Russian Experience
Villi, Mikko (2007): Mobile Visual Communication. Photo Messages and Camera Phone Photography
VincentJane (2004): Examining mobile phone and ICT use amongst children aged 11 to 16
Wajcman, Judy et. al. (2007):  the Impact of Mobile Phone on Work/Life Balance
Wale, Karen /Gillard, Patricia (1994): Adventures in Cybersound. The Impact of New Telecommunications Services on Family and Social Relations. Melbourne
Wei, Carolin and Kolko, Beth E. (2007): Studying Mobile Phone Use in Context: Cultural, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Mobile Phone Use
Alexandra, Weilenmann (2003): "I can't talk now; I'm in a fitting room."
Weilenmann, Alexandra and Larsson, Catrine (2000):Collaborative Use of Mobile Telephones: A Field Study of Swedish Teenagers
Wellman, Barry (1999): The Network Community. An Introduction to  Networks in the Global Village 
Wellman, Berry (2001): Physical Place and CyberPlace. The Rise of Personalized Networking. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25
William, Matthew and Mankins, David (2003): Location Linked Information
World Telecommunication Development Report (2002): ‘Reinventing Telecoms’ & Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2002 ‘Effective Regulation’.(ITU 15.3.02)
Yu, LiAnne; Louden, Gareth and Sacher, Heilo (2002): BuddySync: Thinking Beyond Cell Phones to Create A Third-Generation Wireless Application: for U.S. Teenagers for U.S. Teenagers
Last update: 30 Jun 11

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der Universität Zürich
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Prof. Hans Geser
Soziologisches Institut

der Universität Zürich

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8050 Zürich
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Soziologisches Institut
der Universität Zürich
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