Mobile connections: An exploration of the place of mobile phones in friendship relations

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92615
Title:
Mobile connections: An exploration of the place of mobile phones in friendship relations
Authors:
Green, E. E. (Eileen); Singleton, C. (Carrie)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Unit for Social and Policy Research.
Citation:
Green, E. E. and Singleton, C. (2009) 'Mobile connections: An exploration of the place of mobile phones in friendship relations', Sociological Review, 57 (1), pp.125-144.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Sociological Review
Issue Date:
Feb-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/92615
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.01807.x
Abstract:
This paper explores the place and meaning of mobile phones within friendship relations amongst young Pakistani-British women and men. In particular it focuses on the ways in which friendship relations are transformed and reconfigured through new mobile phone technologies; and how 'doing' friendship on the mobile uncovers significant insight into contemporary youth cultures of masculinity and femininity. Although the majority of young people of the 'multimedia generation' have fully engaged with the mobile telephony revolution, there is no work which grounds mobile phone use within theoretical perspectives on friendship, in particular in different peer group cultures. We draw upon new empirical data from research in the North East of England to explore young people's perceptions and uses of mobile phones. The resulting narratives reveal interesting gendered practices of connectivity and sociability amongst the sample group and important dimensions of developing peer group identities, including diverse performance of femininities and masculinities. Building on these ideas, this paper aims to make a theoretical contribution to debates on friendship and mobile phone use. In particular, we argue for the need to ground the empirical study of young people and mobile phones more firmly within social theory: a development that contributes towards a sharpening of theoretical perspectives on mobile technologies.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
mobile phones; friendship; young people; Pakistani; British; youth cultures; perceptions; use; north east England
ISSN:
0038-0261; 1467-954X
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 22/02/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Scopus, 22/02/2010]

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGreen, E. E. (Eileen)en
dc.contributor.authorSingleton, C. (Carrie)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-22T10:31:11Z-
dc.date.available2010-02-22T10:31:11Z-
dc.date.issued2009-02-
dc.identifier.citationSociological Review; 57 (1): 125-144en
dc.identifier.issn0038-0261-
dc.identifier.issn1467-954X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.01807.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/92615-
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the place and meaning of mobile phones within friendship relations amongst young Pakistani-British women and men. In particular it focuses on the ways in which friendship relations are transformed and reconfigured through new mobile phone technologies; and how 'doing' friendship on the mobile uncovers significant insight into contemporary youth cultures of masculinity and femininity. Although the majority of young people of the 'multimedia generation' have fully engaged with the mobile telephony revolution, there is no work which grounds mobile phone use within theoretical perspectives on friendship, in particular in different peer group cultures. We draw upon new empirical data from research in the North East of England to explore young people's perceptions and uses of mobile phones. The resulting narratives reveal interesting gendered practices of connectivity and sociability amongst the sample group and important dimensions of developing peer group identities, including diverse performance of femininities and masculinities. Building on these ideas, this paper aims to make a theoretical contribution to debates on friendship and mobile phone use. In particular, we argue for the need to ground the empirical study of young people and mobile phones more firmly within social theory: a development that contributes towards a sharpening of theoretical perspectives on mobile technologies.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 22/02/2010]en
dc.subjectmobile phonesen
dc.subjectfriendshipen
dc.subjectyoung peopleen
dc.subjectPakistanien
dc.subjectBritishen
dc.subjectyouth culturesen
dc.subjectperceptionsen
dc.subjectuseen
dc.subjectnorth east Englanden
dc.titleMobile connections: An exploration of the place of mobile phones in friendship relationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Unit for Social and Policy Research.en
dc.identifier.journalSociological Reviewen
ref.citationcount0 [Scopus, 22/02/2010]en
or.citation.harvardGreen, E. E. and Singleton, C. (2009) 'Mobile connections: An exploration of the place of mobile phones in friendship relations', Sociological Review, 57 (1), pp.125-144.-
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