Personalizing the shared mobile phone

Rangaswamy, N and Singh, S 2009, 'Personalizing the shared mobile phone' in N. Aykin (ed.) Internationalization, Design and Global Development: Third International Conference, IDGD 2009, held as part of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2009, Springer, New York, United States, pp. 395-403.


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Title Personalizing the shared mobile phone
Author(s) Rangaswamy, N
Singh, S
Year 2009
Title of book Internationalization, Design and Global Development: Third International Conference, IDGD 2009, held as part of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2009
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) N. Aykin
Start page 395
End page 403
Subjects Social Change
Summary Sharing mobile phones, an enduring practice in developing nations, finds insufficient empirical effort or theoretical scrutiny as a sociological phenomena. Pre-dominant conceptions of design for a mobile phone are aimed at independant and private behaviour as the device is perceived and designed to be a private object for personal use. In this paper we draw attention to teh need for designing personalized spaces within the shared or familial culture around the mobile phone. We report on a qualitative case-study of shared mobile phones in low-middle income families in Mumbai city and Dharamshala, reframing personal communication devices as shared objects.
Copyright notice © 2009 Springer-Verlag
Keyword(s) mobile phones
shared phones
India
middle-class
ethnographic design
ISBN 9783642027666
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