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Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life Hardcover – 10 Aug 2005


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (10 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262090392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262090391
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
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--Ichiya Nakamura, Executive Director, Stanford Japan Center

--Howard Rheingold, author of "The Virtual Community" and "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution"

--Roger Silverstone, Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

" While Personal, Portable, Pedestrian is packed with an abundance of rich, empirically dense vignettes, what makes the book a refreshing read is the unremarkable, familiar tone with which it frames keitai culture in Japan." -- Xeni Jardin, Wired News

" Lead users play a key role in determining the fate of both technological and industrial development in the digital era. The only way we can fully understand the astonishing development of "keitai" services is through a multi-perspective analysis of Japan's youth, the cutting-edge lead users of mobile technology. This book is critical to thinking about technological advancement in the twenty-first century." --Ichiya Nakamura, Executive Director, Stanford Japan Center

" This is an important book. Through a range of well designed and intelligently contextualized case studies, it both locates and dislocates common assumptions about the singularities of technology and of culture in determining how the "keitai" is finding its place in Japanese society. Reaching beyond Japan and beyond the mobile phone, the book provides a theoretically rich and empirically sophisticated template for all future work that seeks to understand the nature of sociotechnical change in personal communications." --Roger Silverstone, Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

" Start with this book if you want to understand the broadest social and technological impacts of the mobile phone. Although focused on the keitai in Japanese society, the authors provide a conceptual toolkit for examining the effects of emerging communication practices across the boundaries of nationality and discipline. This is not just about a technology or the way it is used in one country. It's about understanding one of the most important ways that twenty-first century lives will differ from those of the twentieth century." --Howard Rheingold, author of "The Virtual Community" and "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution"

& quot; While Personal, Portable, Pedestrian is packed with an abundance of rich, empirically dense vignettes, what makes the book a refreshing read is the unremarkable, familiar tone with which it frames keitai culture in Japan.& quot; -- Xeni Jardin, Wired News

& quot; Lead users play a key role in determining the fate of both technological and industrial development in the digital era. The only way we can fully understand the astonishing development of keitai services is through a multi-perspective analysis of Japan's youth, the cutting-edge lead users of mobile technology. This book is critical to thinking about technological advancement in the twenty-first century.& quot; --Ichiya Nakamura, Executive Director, Stanford Japan Center

& quot; This is an important book. Through a range of well designed and intelligently contextualized case studies, it both locates and dislocates common assumptions about the singularities of technology and of culture in determining how the keitai is finding its place in Japanese society. Reaching beyond Japan and beyond the mobile phone, the book provides a theoretically rich and empirically sophisticated template for all future work that seeks to understand the nature of sociotechnical change in personal communications.& quot; --Roger Silverstone, Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

About the Author

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use, particularly among young people, in Japan and the United States, and a Professor in Residence at the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Misa Matsuda is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Chuo University, Tokyo. Daisuke Okabe is Lecturer at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Japan.


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