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Communications and Mobility: The Migrant, the Mobile Phone, and the Container Box

Communications and Mobility: The Migrant, the Mobile Phone, and the Container Box

David Morley

ISBN: 978-1-119-37208-0

May 2017, Wiley-Blackwell

256 pages


Communications and Mobility is a unique, interdisciplinary look at mobility, territory, communication, and transport in the 21st century with extended case studies of three icons of this era: the mobile phone, the migrant, and the container box.

  • Urges scholars in media and communication to return to broader conceptions of the field that include mobility of all kinds—information, people, and commodities
  • Embraces perspectives from media studies, science and technology studies, sociology, media anthropology, and cultural geography
  • Discusses ideas of virtual and embodied mobility, network geographies, de-territorialization, sedentarism, nomadology, connectivity, containment, and exclusion
  • Integrates the often-neglected transport studies into contemporary communication studies and theories of globalization

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Redefining Communications 1

Part I The Return of Geopolitics 19

1 Communications, Transport, and Territory 21

2 Constituting Europe: Empires, Nations, and Techno]zones 37

Part II Reconceptualizing Communications: Mobilities and Geographies 57

3 Sedentarism, Nomadology, and “New Mobilities” 59

4 Disaggregating Mobilities: Zoning, Exclusion, and Containment 77

5 Geography, Topography, and Topology: Networks and Infrastructures 95

6 The Virtual and the Actual: Being There, Disembodiment, and Deterritorialization 113

Part III The Mobility of People, Information, and Commodities: Case Studies in Communications Geography 131

7 Migration: Changing Paradigms, Embodied Mobilities, and Material Practices 133

8 Mobile Communications and Ubiquitous Connectivity: Technologies of Transformation? 159

9 Containerization as Globalization: The Mobility of Commodities 199

Index 233