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Cultural phenomenology and the material culture of mobile media

Richardson, I. and Third, A. (2009) Cultural phenomenology and the material culture of mobile media. In: Vannini, P., (ed.) Material culture and technology in everyday life: Ethnographic approaches. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, New York, U.S.A, pp. 145-156.

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Historically, cultural studies scholarship has been fundamentally concerned with the ways that material objects are brought to life within the field of quotidian experience, that is, with how objects are integrated into both symbolic and material practices and take on particular historically and culturally specific meanings. Ethnographic methodologies have long constituted a mainstay of cultural studies research because they facilitate the documentation of the practices of everyday life and the experiences of "real" people in ways that dovetail with the qualitative research emphasis of cultural studies. More recently, however, in response to an empirical turn within the discipline, ethnographic methodologies have become even more fundamental to cultural studies research. Among these methodologies is the one we describe here in its application to the study of portable communication technologies: cultural phenomenology.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc
Copyright: 2009 Peter Lang
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