Wireless World

Social and Interactional Aspects of the Mobile Age

  • Barry Brown
  • Nicola Green
  • Richard Harper

Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Barry Brown
      Pages 3-15
  3. Locating Mobile Technology

  4. From Ethnography to Use

  5. From Use to Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Elizabeth F. Churchill, Nina Wakeford
      Pages 154-179
    3. Kenton O’Hara, Mark Perry, Abigail Sellen, Barry Brown
      Pages 180-194
    4. Vincent Helyar
      Pages 195-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-229

About this book


Mobile phones are the most successful computer-based consumer product of the age and yet very little is known about how mobile technology is changing the way people interact and cooperate with each other, and how this change can be analysed.
For the first time, Wireless World brings together experts from different disciplines to explore the social factors that are shaping the wireless world and provides an overview of the issues for anyone designing, testing or studying mobile devices. It identifies the major trends, discusses the main claims made about the mobile age, and looks at the issues that affect design, usability and evaluation.
A valuable reference for anyone concerned with the future of mobile communications, this book will be of particular interest to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students on Mobile Technology courses, practitioners, and researchers working in mobile communications, CSCW and HCI.
" inspired and insightful collection of observations of the use of mobile technology...a valuable resource for both researchers and designers alike."
Marge Eldridge, Xerox Research Centre Europe, UK
"Working with the speed of the technologies they study, these researchers and product developers provide a rare opportunity to understand the cultural and social effects of a new technology as it emerges, rather than waiting decades for historical and sociological accounts."
Jonathan Grudin, Microsoft Research, US
"..looks in depth and detail about how people actually use mobiles: how they assemble their lives and re-assemble technologies to fit them. Essential reading for designers, sociologists and anyone just interested in how the "always-connected" world works."
Professor Mike Robinson, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland


Computer Suppored Cooperative Work Human Computer Interaction Interaction design Mobile technologies collaboration communication ethnography human-computer interaction (HCI) technology usability

Editors and affiliations

  • Barry Brown
    • 1
  • Nicola Green
    • 2
  • Richard Harper
    • 2
  1. 1.HP LabsBristolUK
  2. 2.Digital World Research Centre, School of Human SciencesUniversity of SurreyGuildford, SurreyUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-85233-477-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0665-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1496
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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