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New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion First Edition, 1st Printing Edition

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"I turn to Rich Ling first when I want to get beyond hype and conjecture regarding the social uses and impacts of mobile media. His new book is a milestone. Anyone who wants to know how our use of mobile phones is changing our social lives should read this book." -- Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community, and Smart Mobs



"I recommend this book to practitioners in the field of mobile communications." -- Eric W. Yocam, Computing Reviews

About the Author

Rich Ling is Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Senior Research Scientist at the Telenor Research Institute near Oslo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of New Tech, New Ties: How Mobile Communication Is Reshaping Social Cohesion (MIT Press, 2008).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (February 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262122979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262122979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,313,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This work is honestly not for the non-academic. Rich Ling takes up an interesting question: can mediated interactions - ones that take place through some form of technology rather than face to face - have the same outcomes that we would expect from interaction ritual theory?

To begin with, one needs to understand the context of that question and what his claim - that interactions through phones (particularly cellphones) meet the criteria of interaction ritual - and know that he is engaging Randall Collins (and by extension Erving Goffman and Emile Durkheim's work on interactions) theory about what makes up a "successful interaction".

By analyzing cellphone conversations (admittedly, his methodology is a little spotty, but not to an extent that undermines his findings) Ling is able to point to how phone conversations still involved the entrainment of the participants and an emotional engagement usually thought to be the product of embodied interaction. At the very least, Ling's book points toward further research questions on how different forms of technology and media affect our social interactions and what that means for emerging social life.

i recommend this for those interested in social theory, media, and technology. i DO NOT recommend this to the casual reader unless you are looking for something completely different.
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Format: Hardcover
Pros:
Cutting edge research
Great concept and a quick read

Cons:
Reads more like a term paper.
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the quick summary is that this book is troubling for many reasons, but my three biggest concerns are:

1) his sampling methodology
2) his over reliance on data that was obtained through primarily ethnographic participant observations
3) his elite normative assumptions of what makes a "successful" ritual of social cohesion

I have written full review explaining each of my point here:
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