Smartphone Cultures explores emerging questions about the ways in which this mobile technology and its apps have been produced, represented, regulated and incorporated into everyday social practices. The various authors in this volume each locate their contributions within the circuit of culture model.

More specifically, this book engages with issues of production and regulation in the case of the electrical infrastructure supporting smartphones and the development of mobile social gambling apps. It examines issues of consumption through looking at parental practices relating to children’s smartphone use, children’s experience of the regulation of this technology, both in the home and in school, how they cope with the mass of communications via the smartphone and the nature of their attachment to the device. Other chapters cover the engagement of older people with smartphones, as well as how different cultural norms of sociability have a bearing on how the technology is consumed. The smartphone’s implications for other theoretical frameworks is illustrated through examining ramifications for domestication, and the sometimes-limited place of smartphones in certain aspects of life is examined through its role in the practices of reading and writing. Smartphone Cultures presents the latest international research from scholars located in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia and will appeal to scholars and students of media and cultural studies, communication studies and sociologists with interests in technology and social practices.

part I|30 pages

Infrastructure and applications

chapter 2|14 pages

Circuit(s) of affective infrastructuring

Smartphones and electricity

chapter 3|14 pages

Mobile betting apps

Odds on the social

part II|30 pages

Understanding family consumption

part III|26 pages

Developing domestication through empirical studies

chapter 6|12 pages

Domestication and social constraints on ICT use

Children’s engagement with smartphones

chapter 7|12 pages

Domesticating smartphones

part IV|40 pages

Managing sociability

chapter 8|11 pages

Collective uses of mobile phones in the global South

Cultural diversity among low-income groups in Brazil and in South Africa

chapter 9|13 pages

Adolescents and smartphones

Coping with overload

chapter 10|14 pages

Addiction or emancipation?

Children’s attachment to smartphones as a cultural practice

part V|42 pages

Regulating the smartphone

part |15 pages