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Module Reading List

Mobile Media, 2019/20, Semester 1
Chris Birchall
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Goggin, Gerard and Larissa Hjorth (2014) The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, Routledge

Ahonen, Tomi (2010) Insider's Guide to Mobile, Free Edition. Online:

Greenfield, Adam (2006)  Everyware : the dawning age of ubiquitous computing New Riders. 

Ling, Rich (2012) Taken for grantedness [electronic resource] : the embedding of mobile communication into society, MIT Press

Purewal, Semmy (2014) Learning web app development, O'Reilly.

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Additional/alternative reading

Ahonen, Tomi (2008)  Mobile as 7th of the mass media : cellphone, cameraphone, iPhone, smartphone , Futuretext. (This is a seminal text but is a bit outdated now. The 2010 book, above, is a good, somewhat updated and free alternative)

Ling, Rich and Donner, Jonathan (2009) Mobile communication Polity Press.

Stark, Jonathan (2010)  Building Android apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScriptO’Reilly.
Stark, Jonathan (2010)  Building iPhone apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript  O’Reilly.
(These two are excellent books, just a little outdated due to software library and hardware updates).

Tyler, Jason (2011)  App inventor for Android : build your own apps--no experience required!Wiley. 
Wajcman, Judy (2014) Pressed for time : the acceleration of life in digital capitalism ISBN: 9780226196473 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780226196503 (e-book), University of Chicago Press

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Online Resources

Smashing Magazine (2012) Sketching a new mobile web. Online:

Turkle, Sherry (2012) Connected, but alone? ( TED Talk ) Online:

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Seminar and other reading

Bond, E. (2011) ‘The mobile phone = bike shed? Children, Sex and Mobile Phones’ in New media and society, 13 (4): pp587-604.

Brunnberg, L. & Frigo, A. (2012). Placemaking in the 21st-century city: introducing the funfair metaphor for mobile media in the future urban space, Digital creativity., 23(2), p. 113.

Bull, M. (2005) ‘No Dead Air! The Ipod and the Culture of Mobile Listening’ in Leisure Studies ISSN: 0261-4367,24 (4): pp343-55. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

de Souza e Silva, A. (2006) ‘From Cyber to Hybrid: Mobile Technologies as Interfaces of Hybrid Spaces’ in  Space and culture. 9(3) pp261-278. Available online with institutional login at: html

de Souza e Silva, A. & Hjorth L. (2009) Playful Urban Spaces: A Historical Approach to Mobile Games, Simulation and gaming. 40: 602-625

de Souza e Silva, A, Sutko, D.M., Salis, F.A., & de Souza e Silva, C. (2011) Mobile phone appropriation in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, New media and society, 13 (3): pp411-426. Available online with institutional login at: html

Farman, J. (2012) ‘Embodiment and the Mobile Interface’ in  Mobile interface theory : embodied space and locative media Routledge. London. pp16-35

Farman, J. (2012) ‘Locative Interfaces and Social Media’ in  Mobile interface theory : embodied space and locative media. Routledge. London. pp56-76

Farman, J. (2012) ‘Mapping and Representations of Space in  Mobile interface theory : embodied space and locative media. Routledge. London. pp35-56 

Fuchs, C. (2015). Against divisiveness: Digital workers of the world unite! A rejoinder to César Bolaño and Eloy Vieira. Television & New Media 16(1): 62-71

Hall, J. & Baym, N. (2012) ‘Calling and Texting (too much): Mobile Maintenance expectations (over) dependence, entrapment and friendship satisfaction’ in New media and society 14 (2): pp316-331.

Hjorth, L. (2011) ‘Mobile@game Culture: The place of urban mobile gaming’, Convergence (special issue on mobile gaming), 17 (4): pp357-371.

Hjorth, L. (2009) Mobile media in the Asia-Pacific : gender and the art of being mobile, London: Routledge.

Katz, J. E., & Sugiyama, S. (2006) Mobile phones as fashion statements: evidence from student surveys in the US and Japan.  New media and society, 8(2), pp321-337. Available online with institutional login at: html

Kim, C., Oh, E., Yang, K.H. & Jae Kyung Kim, J.K (2010) ‘The appealing characteristics of download type mobile games’, Service Business 4 (3): pp253-269

Lemos, A. (2010) ‘Post-Mass Media Functions, Locative Media and Informational Territories: New ways of thinking about Territory, Place and Mobility in Contemporary Society’ in Space and culture.,13 (4): pp403-420.

Ling, R. and Pederson, P.E. (2005)  Mobile communications : re-negotiation of the social sphere Springer.

Maltby, S. & Thornham, H., (2016) The digital mundane: social media and the military, Media, culture & society. pp 1-16

Martin, F.R. (2016) Mobile public service media in Australia: ubiquity and its consequences, The international communication gazette., 78(4)

McGill, M. & Williamson, J.H. (2015) A review of collocated multi-user TV: Examining the changing role of the TV in the multi-viewer, multi-screen home, Personal and ubiquitous computing., 19(5)

Moore, P. & Robinson, A. (2015) The quantified self: What counts in the neoliberal workplace, New media and society.

Nafus, D. & Sherman, J. (2014) This One Does Not Go Up to 11: The Quantified Self Movement as an Alternative Big Data Practice, International Journal of Communication, vol. 8 pp.1-11

Perusco, M., & Michael, K. (2007) ‘Control, trust, privacy and security: evaluating location-based services’, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 26(1): pp4-16

Thornham, H., & Gomez Cruz, E. (2016) [Im]mobility in the age of [im]mobile phones: Young NEETs and digital practice, New media and society., pp. 1-16

Turkle, S (2008) ‘Always-on/Always-on-you: The Tethered self’ in Handbook of mobile communication studies MIT Press. Cambridge Mass. pp121-139

Turkle, S (1984) The Second self: computers and the human spirit, MIT Press. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. Available online with institutional login at: bkn=6267347

Van Damme, K. et al (2015) What’s APPening to news? A mixed-method audience-centred study on mobile news consumption, Mobile Media & Communication, 3(2)

Wajcman, J. (2008) Life in the fast lane? Towards a sociology of technology and time, The British journal of sociology. 59(1)

Wilken, R (2012) ‘Locative Media: From specialized preoccupation to Mainstream Fascination’, Convergence (special issue on locative media) 18 (3): pp243-7.

Wilken, R. and Goggin, G. (2012) Mobile technology and place, London: Routledge.

Williams, R (1974) The Technology and the Society, In Television: Technology and Cultural Form, pp. 3-25. London: Fontana, 1974; Routledge, 2003

Whitson, J.R. (2013) Gaming the quantified self, Surveillance & society [electronic resource]. 11(1-2) pp. 163-176

This list was last updated on 13/09/2019