chapter  1
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Introduction

A major characteristic of modernity, as well as of postmodernity, has been mobility: ‘modern society is a society on the move’ (Lash and Urry, 1994, p. 252). Moreover, the life of humans at large may be viewed through the metaphor of homo viator (Eyerman and Löfgren, 1995): human beings as constantly moving entities in both society and space. One major dimension of mobility in the modern era has been the spatial extension of the self via the transmission and receipt of information through the telephone, bringing about a virtual mobility of the self, and the subsequent emergence of what Janelle (2004, p. 109) termed as info-mobility society.