This is a state-of-the-art survey of an emerging area of study in media, communication and cultural studies, mobility studies and mobile communications.

‘Mobile socialities’ demarcates a new area of research that captures people’s various and contrary experiences of media in relation to their mobilities and socialities. The chapters in this volume are written by a range of international scholars offering a comprehensive overview and source of inspiration for a diverse range of topics on the contingent practices and finite resources of people and media on the move. The book demonstrates through empirical and theoretical research how mobile socialities is a generative concept for thinking through power, identity and the contexts of media in public and mediated spaces, work and everyday life, addressing a spectrum of mobile socialities and lived politics. The research and various cases make visible previously hidden, or obscured, social practices and allow us to rethink the meanings of mobility, digital media or the home in these examples of people living within the centre and peripheries of society.

The Handbook establishes mobile socialities as a new area of academic enquiry, ideal for advanced undergraduate students and scholars across the disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies, anthropology, cultural geography and sociology.

chapter |15 pages


Mobile socialities

part I|64 pages

Understanding mobile socialities

chapter |3 pages

Introduction Part I

chapter 1|16 pages

Mobile Socialities

Communities, mobilities and boundaries

chapter 2|15 pages

Media and Mood Work

Routines, daydreams and micro-moves

chapter 3|16 pages

Investigating “Communities of Co-Movers”

Motricity, spatiality and sequentiality in social life

chapter 4|12 pages

Sociality on the Move

part II|77 pages

Valuing mobile socialities

chapter |2 pages

Introduction Part II

chapter 5|16 pages

Anchoring Narratives

Placing narrative in dialogue with the mobile socialities framework

chapter 7|18 pages

Representing Mobile Socialities in the Sino-Japanese Context

A keyword approach

chapter 8|12 pages

Digitizing Desires

Immobile mobility and social media in southeast Turkey

chapter 9|13 pages

Mobile Socialities in Beijing

Young adult Chinese WeChat users’ management of social relations between tradition and modernity

part III|92 pages

Working with mobile socialities

chapter |2 pages

Introduction Part III

chapter 10|15 pages

The Sociality of #Solotravel

chapter 11|17 pages

Time for Representation

Mediating the moment in a mobile space

chapter 14|13 pages

From Social Media to Media Socialities in Mobile Work

Aspiration in the cases of Australian mining and Everest tourism industries

chapter 15|13 pages


Cultivating conviviality within mobility, sociality and daily living

part IV|82 pages

Contrary mobile socialities

chapter |3 pages

Introduction Part IV

chapter 16|15 pages

‘I can’t Breathe’

Metabolising (im)mobile antisocialities

chapter 17|19 pages

Mobile Figures in Current Times

On the Walz

chapter 18|12 pages

Transported Immobility

chapter 19|18 pages

Immobile Socialities?

Historicising media practices in refugee camps

chapter 20|13 pages

Socialities of Practice

Stuckedness, accountability and mobile imaginaries among Kenyan migrant fisherpeople descendants