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Waiting for the nomads. Mobile telephony and social change

Authors
Journal
Réseaux The French journal of communication
0969-9864
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/reso.1996.3317
Disciplines
  • Anthropology
  • Communication

Abstract

Summary: The rapid development of mobile communication points to an overall change in society towards a more nomadic lifestyle. Apart from the technological aspect, other criteria also indicate such change. This article analyses the quasi-anthropological dimensions of the phenomenon, and the mutations in ways of working and in the very notion of a tool used to communicate in mobile situations. Clearly, with the spread of mobile terminals, the concept of a network is set to change. Hitherto associated with the rationality of the State and its control over a territory, how can networks avoid this control without changing fundamentally?

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