This is a state-of-the-art survey of an emerging area of study in media, communication and cultural studies, mobility studies and mobile communications.
‘Mobile socialities’ demarcates a new area of research that captures people’s various and contrary experiences of media in relation to their mobilities and socialities. The chapters in this volume are written by a range of international scholars offering a comprehensive overview and source of inspiration for a diverse range of topics on the contingent practices and finite resources of people and media on the move. The book demonstrates through empirical and theoretical research how mobile socialities is a generative concept for thinking through power, identity and the contexts of media in public and mediated spaces, work and everyday life, addressing a spectrum of mobile socialities and lived politics. The research and various cases make visible previously hidden, or obscured, social practices and allow us to rethink the meanings of mobility, digital media or the home in these examples of people living within the centre and peripheries of society.
The Handbook establishes mobile socialities as a new area of academic enquiry, ideal for advanced undergraduate students and scholars across the disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies, anthropology, cultural geography and sociology.
1. Introduction: Mobile Socialities ; Part I: Understanding Mobile Socialities ; Introduction Part I ; 2. Mobile Socialities: Communities, Mobilities and Boundaries ; 3. Media and mood work: Routines, daydreams and micro-moves ; 4. Investigating "Communities of Co-Movers": Motricity, spatiality and sequentiality in social life ; 5. Sociality on the Move ; Part II: Valuing Mobile Socialities ; Introduction Part II ; 6. Anchoring narratives: Placing narrative in dialogue with the mobile socialities framework ; 7. Dating app logic and geo-enabled mobile socialities ; 8. Representing mobile socialities in the Sino-Japanese Context: A keyword approach ; 9. Digitizing Desires: Immobile mobility and social media in Southeast Turkey ; 10. Mobile socialites in Beijing: Young adult Chinese WeChat users’ management of social relations between tradition and modernity ; Part III: Working With Mobile Socialities ; Introduction Part III ; 11. The Sociality of #Solotravel ; 12. Time for representation: Mediating the moment in a mobile space ; 13. The food courier and his/her mobile phone ; 14. On Day Laborers’ Digital Mobile Memories ; 15. From social media to media socialities in mobile work: Aspiration in the cases of Australian mining and Everest tourism industries ; 16. Workaway: cultivating conviviality within mobility, sociality and daily living ; Part IV: Contrary Mobile Socialities ; Introduction Part IV ; 17. I can’t breathe: Metabolising (im)mobile antisocialities ; 18. Mobile figures in current times: on the Walz ; 19. Transported Immobility ; 20. Immobile Socialities? Historicising Media Practices in Refugee Camps ; 21. Socialities of practice: Stuckedness, accountability and mobile imaginaries among Kenyan migrant fisherpeople descendants