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Portable communities : the social dynamics of online and mobile connectedness

Author: Mary Chayko
Publisher: Albany : SUNY Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Portable Communities, sociologist Mary Chayko examines the social dynamics and implications of having access to countless others at any time. Teeming with the observations of people who blog, email, instant message, game, and chat on cell phones, wireless computers, and other portable devices, the book captures the appeal and the excitement, the challenges and the complexities, of online and mobile  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chayko, Mary, 1960-
Portable communities.
Albany : SUNY Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609108636
Online version:
Chayko, Mary, 1960-
Portable communities.
Albany : SUNY Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)626098005
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Chayko
ISBN: 9780791475997 0791475999 9780791476000 0791476006
OCLC Number: 191732365
Description: x, 306 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The portability of social connectedness --
Thinking in tandem: cognitive connectedness --
Feeling connected: emotionality and intimacy --
Playing around: fun, games, and hanging out --
Social networking: convenience, practicality, and sociability --
Being there: constant availability --
Harnessing social interaction : the control of time, space, and people --
Creating, expressing, and extending the self (and watching others do so) --
Shaping the social landscape: equalities, inequalities, possibilities.
Responsibility: Mary Chayko.
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"In Portable Communities, sociologist Mary Chayko examines the social dynamics and implications of having access to countless others at any time. Teeming with the observations of people who blog, email, instant message, game, and chat on cell phones, wireless computers, and other portable devices, the book captures the appeal and the excitement, the challenges and the complexities, of online and mobile connectedness. Chayko considers some of the external dynamics that emerge as these communities resonate within the larger society-constant availability, social interaction that is more controlled and controllable, and new opportunities for self-expression, creativity, and even voyeurism. Internal social dynamics involving emotionality, intimacy, play, romance, and networking are also fully explored. Portable Communities provides a unique view of shifts in the social landscape and points the way toward needed social and political change."--Jacket.

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