Skip to content

Mobile phones: a bibliography

December 6, 2009

References on the Mobile phones
(and the use of ICTs when travelling and in public spaces)

by Leslie Haddon, Media@LSE [link]

Last updated: 25th December 2011
*= Updated 18th December 2010
** = Updated 25th December 2011

The following selection of references reflects my choices about which papers, chapters, books etc relate to my interest in ICTs in everyday life. Hence, they usually report empirical research.

Amagasa, K. (2005) Inner Construction of Keitai Family: Inner Constructions of Today’s Family from the Viewpoint of Keitai Use, Proceedings of the conference ‘Seeing Understanding. Learning in the Mobile Age’, Budapest, 28th -30th April, 2005.

** Arminen, I. (2009) ‘New Reasons for Mobile Communication: Intensification of Time-Space Geography in the Mobile Era’, in Ling, R. and Campbell, S. (eds) The Reconstruction of Space and Time: Mobile Communication Practices, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, pp.89-108.

Anderson, B. (2006) ‘Passing by and Passing Through’, in Kraut, R, Brynin, M. and Kiesler, S. (eds) Computers, Phones and the Internet. Domesticating Information Technology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp.32-42

Anderson, B., Gale, C., Gower, A., France, E., Jones, M., Lacohee, H., McWilliam, A., Tracey, K. and Trimby, M. (2002) ‘Digital Living – People-Centred Innovation and Strategy’, BT Technology Journal, Vol.20, No.2, April.

Aoki, K. and Downes, E. (2003) ‘An Analysis of Young People’s Use of and Attitudes towards Cell Phones’, Telematics and Informatics, Vol. 20, No.4, pp.349-64.

Arceneaux, N. (2005) ‘The World is a phone Booth: the American Response to Mobile Phones, 1981-2000’, Convergence, Vol.11, No.2, 22-31.

Arlt, D., Pöschl, S. and Döring, N. (2007) Getting No Answers? An Experimental Study of Unavailability in SMS Communication, in proceedings of the conference, ‘Towards a Philosophy of Telecommunications Convergence’, 27th-29th September, Budapest.

Arminen, I. (2002) ‘Emergentes, Divergentes: Les Cultures Mobiles’, Réseaux, Vol.20, No.112-113, pp.81-106.

Arminen, I. (2003) ‘Location: a Socially Dynamic Property – A Study of Location Telling in Mobile Phone Calls’, in Haddon, L., Mante-Meijer, E., Sapio, B., Kommenon, K-H, Fortunati, L., and Kant, A. (eds) The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant: The User and the Future of Information and Communication Technologies, Conference Proceedings, 1-3, September, Helsinki.

Bakalis, S, Abeln, M. and Mante-Meijer, E. (1997) ‘The Adoption and Use of Mobile Telephony in Europe’, in Haddon, L. (Ed.) Communications on the Move: The Experience of Mobile Telephony in the 1990s, COST248 Report. Available at, click on Final Report COST248

Bakke, J. (1997) ‘Competition in Mobile Telephony and Images of Communication’, in Frissen, V. (Ed.) Gender, ITCs and Everyday Life: Mutual Shaping Processes, COST A4, Vol.6, EC, pp.219-29.

Bakken, F. (2005) ‘SMS Use amongst Deaf Teens and Young Adults in Norway’, in Harper, R., Palen, L. and Taylor, A. (eds), The Inside Text: Social, Cultural and Design Perspectives on SMS , Springer, pp. 161-74

Barendregt, B. (2005) The Ghost in the Phone and other Tales of Indonesian Modernity. Paper presented at the International Conference on Mobile Communication and Asian Modernities I, Hong Kong, 7th-8th June.

Barendregt, B. (2005) Hailed, Haunted and Hacked: Mobile Modernities in Contemporary Indonesia, or Stories from the Other End of the Digital Divide? Paper presented at the International Conference on Mobile Communication and Asian Modernities II, Beijing, 20th-21st October.

Baron, N. (2008) ‘Adjusting the Volume: Technology and Multitasking in Discourse Control’, in Katz, J. (Ed.) Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, pp.177-94

Baron, N. (2008) Text, Talk, or View: How Much of Ourselves do we Reveal? Paper in the proceedings of the conference ‘The Role if New Technologies in Global Societies. Theoretical Reflections, Practical concerns, and its Implications for China, 30th-31st July.

*Baron, N. (2008) Always on: Language in an Online and Mobile World,  Oxford University Press,  New York.

**Baron N and Campbell E (2010) Talking takes too long: Gender and cultural patterns in mobile telephony. Paper for the conference of Association of Internet Researchers. Göteborg, Sweden. October.

Baron, N. and Ling, R. (2007) ‘Emerging Patterns of American Mobile Phone Use: Electronically Mediated Communication in Transition’, in Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) Proceedings of the Conference Mobile Media 2007, Sydney, 2nd-4th July, pp.218-30.

Baron, N., Squires, L., Trench, S. and Thompson, M. (2005) ‘Tethered or Mobile? Use of Away Messages in Instant Messaging by American College Students’, in Ling, R. and Pedersen, P. (eds) Mobile Communications: Renegotiation of the Social Sphere, Springer, London, pp.293-312.

Baron, N,  Segerstad, Y., Axelsson A-S., Bohlin, E., Westlund, C., Bolin, E. and Schroeder, R.(2008) ‘Swedish Mobile Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective.’ Paper for the 2008 AoIR Conference ‘Rethinking Community, Rethinking Places’,16th-19th October, IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Barry, M. and Yu, L-A (2002) ‘The Uses and Meaning of I-Mode in Japan’, in Lorente, S. (Edition editor) Revista de Estudios de Juventud, Junio, No.57, pp.151-72.

Batson-Savage, T. (2007) ‘”Hol Awn Mek a Answer Mi Cellular”: Sex, Sexuality and the Cellular Phone in Urban Jamaica’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Vol.21, No.2, June, pp.239-52.

Batterbee, K. and Kurvinen, E. (2005) ‘Supporting Creativity – Co-experience in Mobile Multimedia Messaging’, in Haddon, L., Mante-Meijer, E., Sapio, B., Kommonen, K-H, Fortunati, L., and Kant, A (eds) Everyday Innovators, Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs, Springer, Dordrect, 71-85.

Bell, G. (2005) ‘The Age of the Thumb: A Cultural Reading of Mobile Technologies from Asia’, in Glotz, P., Bertschi, S. and Locke, C. (eds.) Thumb Culture. The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society, Transcript, Bielefeld, pp.67-88.

**Bond, E. (2011) ‘The mobile phone = bike shed? Children, sex and mobile phones’, New Media and Society, 13(4) 587–604.

Boullier, D. et Chevrier, S. (1994) Quels liens au loin? Publiphonie et Mobilité chez les Grands Voyageurs, CNET, PAA/TSA/UST/4136, Mars.

Broege, S. (2004) CU on IM: Young Adults Motivations for Synchronous Mediated Communication in Germany and the United States, Proceedings of the Conference ‘Mobile Communication and Social Change, October 18-19, Seoul, Korea.

Brown, B. (2001) ‘Studying the Use of Mobile Technology’, in Brown, B., Green, N. and Harper, R. (eds) Wireless World: Social and Interactional Aspects of the Mobile Age, Springer, London, pp.3-13.

Brown, B., Green, N. and Harper, R. (eds) (2001) Wireless World: Social and Interactional Aspects of the Mobile Age, Springer, London.

Byrne, P. (2007) ‘Inside the Circle: Using Broadcast SMS in a Sports Club’, Observatorio, Vol. 1, No.3, pp.59-72,

Bull. M. (2001) Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday Life, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Bull, M. (2001) ‘The World according to Sound: Investigating the World of Walkman Users, New Media and Society, June, Vol.3, No.2., pp.179-99

Bull, M. (2005) ‘The Intimate Sounds of Urban Experience. An Auditory Epistemology of Everyday Mobility’, in Nyíri, K. (Ed.) A Sense of Place. The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, pp.169-78.

*Bull, M. (2007) Sound Moves: Ipod Culture and Urban Experience, Routledge, London.

Burkart, G. (2000) ‘Mobile Kommunikation. Zur Kulturbedeutung des “Handy”‘, Soziale Welt, Vo.51, No.2, pp.209-32.

Bustami, R. and Nasruddin, E. (2007) ‘Three Technological Paradoxes: Power Manifestations of Mobile Phone Usage amongst Malaysians on the Run’, in in Pertierra, R. (Ed.) The Social Construction and Usage of Communication Technologies: Asian and European Experiences, University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City, pp.143-64.

Cahir, J. (2007) ‘Text-Messaging: A Private Form of Communication?’ in Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) Proceedings of the Conference Mobile Media 2007, Sydney, 2nd-4th July, pp.208-17.

Campbell, M. (2005) ‘The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Young People’s Social Life’, in Social Change in the 21st Century. Queensland University of Technology.

Campbell, S. (2008) ‘Mobile Technology and the Body: Apparatgeist, Fashion, and Function’, in Katz, J. (Ed.) Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, pp.153-64.

Campbell, S. and Ling R. (eds) (2008) The Reconstruction of Space and Time: Mobile Communication Practices Mobile Communication Research Annual, Vol. 1, Transaction Books, New Jersey:

More references…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 8:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this list of references and for the post on use of video in Indonesian human rights work. Do you happen to be aware of any research on the use of mobile phones in human rights work specifically? Just curious if you’d run across any. Mil gracias!

  2. December 13, 2009 4:07 pm

    Hi Sarah, I can’t think of any offhand.

    Meanwhile, this is an addition to the list:
    Archambault, J.S. (2009). Being cool or being good: researching mobile phones in Mozambique, Anthropology Matters, Vol 11, No 2,

  3. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong permalink
    March 20, 2010 10:01 am

    Came across this:
    Mobile Phones: The New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa (2009). Mirjam de Bruijn; Francis Nyamnjoh & Inge Brinkman (Editors)


  4. September 17, 2012 9:12 am

    ‘More references’ link seems to be broken. Thanks!

  5. September 20, 2012 3:06 pm

    That’s great. Thanks.


  1. Researching mobile phones in Mozambique « media/anthropology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: