Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications

Mobile Communication and the Family

Editors: Lim, Sun Sun (Ed.)

  • First comprehensive collection of technology domestication research from across Asia
  • First collection of research on mobile communication and the family
  • Studies are undertaken from a variety of analytical and methodological perspectives
  • Research features families from a range of Asian societies and a spectrum of family types
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This volume captures the domestication of mobile communication technologies by families in Asia, and its implications for family interactions and relationships. It showcases research on families across a spectrum of socio-economic profiles, from both rural and urban areas, offering insights on children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. While mobile communication diffuses through Asia at a blistering pace, families in the region are also experiencing significant changes in light of unprecedented economic growth, globalisation, urbanisation and demographic shifts. Asia is therefore at the crossroads of technological transformation and social change. This book analyses the interactions of these two contemporaneous trends from the perspective of the family, covering a range of family types including nuclear, multi-generational, transnational, and multi-local, spanning the continuum from the media-rich to the media have-less.

About the authors

Sun Sun Lim (PhD, LSE) is Associate Professor at the Department of Communications and New Media and Assistant Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their Internet and mobile phone use. Her recent research has focused attention on understudied and marginalised populations including young children, youths-at-risk and migrants. She also conducts research on new media literacies, with a special focus on literacy challenges in parental mediation and young people’s Internet skills. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Asia including in China, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea. She has  published more than 50 articles and book chapters in notable edited volumes and leading international journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and New Media & Society. She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Children and Media, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Social Media + Society and Mobile Media & Communication. Her other book Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts (Routledge) is forthcoming in 2016.

Reviews

“The book clarifies the importance of mobile connectivity among a variety of immigrant groups, making the book relevant well beyond Asia. … The book’s greatest strengths are that it extends the focus of migration and mobile communication research from North America and Europe to Asia, and that it takes seriously the understudied groups of migrants. … the book aids understanding why people who cross borders and leave their families behind … have a firm grip on their smartphones.” (Sakari Taipale, Asian Journal of Communication, June, 2016)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Asymmetries in Asian Families’ Domestication of Mobile Communication

    Lim, Sun Sun

    Pages 1-9

  • Desiring Mobiles, Desiring Education: Mobile Phones and Families in a Rural Chinese Town

    McDonald, Tom

    Pages 13-32

  • Balancing Religion, Technology and Parenthood: Indonesian Muslim Mothers’ Supervision of Children’s Internet Use

    Rahayu (et al.)

    Pages 33-50

  • Helping the Helpers: Understanding Family Storytelling by Domestic Helpers in Singapore

    Cheong, Kakit (et al.)

    Pages 51-69

  • Mobile Technology and “Doing Family” in a Global World: Indian Migrants in Cambodia

    Kaur, Ravinder (et al.)

    Pages 73-91

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7441-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7439-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mobile Communication and the Family
Editors
  • Sun Sun Lim
Series Title
Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-7441-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-7441-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-7439-0
Series ISSN
2468-2403
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 187
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 illustrations in colour
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