Mobile Technologies of the City

Mobile Technologies of the City

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Mobile communications technologies are taking off across the world, while urban transportation and surveillance systems are also being rebuilt and updated. Emergent practices of physical, informational and communicational mobility are reconfiguring patterns of movement, co-presence, social exclusion and security across many urban contexts. This book brings together a carefully selected group of innovative case studies of these mobile technologies of the city, tracing the emergence of both new socio-technical practices of the city and of a new theoretical paradigm for mobilities research.... fastfood restaurants, cruise liners, trailer parks, public parks and cafAcs (e.g. Abreu 2003; Glasner 2003; Smith 2004). ... In contrast to the more wellestablished and visible Internet cafAcs (Wakeford 2003; Miller and Slater 2000 ), customers ... By dissolving the physical connection of wires, WiFi allows a repositioning of some now mundane everyday practices ... Since their inception in 2002, the cost and difficulty of logging on to these hotspots has meant they have not been heavily used.

Title:Mobile Technologies of the City
Author:Mimi Sheller, John Urry
Publisher:Routledge - 2006-04-18


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