CFP Mobile Communication & the Asian family

Call for chapters: Mobile Communication and the Asian family – Transforming technologies, changing households
Edited by Sun Sun Lim, National University of Singapore
To be published by Springer in January 2015

This book explores how mobile communication technologies are penetrating Asia at a rapid rate, and being avidly domesticated by households in Asia. It investigates how such technologies are being incorporated into Asian families’ daily routines for work, education, entertainment and household coordination, while being appropriated for communication and the nurturance of family bonds. Even as mobile communication technology is evolving relentlessly, families in Asia are also going through a period of transformation as the region experiences unprecedented
economic growth, urbanisation and demographic shifts. Asia is therefore at the crossroads of technological transformation and social change and this book seeks to capture the mutual impact of these two contemporaneous trends through the lens of the family. I welcome research on different types of families (e.g. nuclear, blended, single-parent, multigenerational, grandparent-led etc.), from a spectrum of socio-economic profiles, that utilise a range of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches, and which are informed by a diversity of theoretical perspectives.

*Research by emerging Asia-focused and/or Asia-based scholars whose work
has not previously been published in English is especially welcome.*

Chapter proposals are sought for topics including but not limited to the
following:
*             Influence of socio-cultural norms on families’ appropriation of mobile communication technologies
*             Time management and micro-coordination
*             Practices and negotiations pertaining to acquisition, ownership and usage of mobile communication devices and services
*             Blurring boundaries between work and family
*             Issues of (dis)empowerment, privacy and surveillance
*             Nature and quality of family interaction
*             Inter-generational differences in perceptions and usage of mobile communication
*             Parental mediation of mobile device usage

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 800 words, and brief author biographies of up to 300 words as an e-mail attachment by 15 May 2014. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 5 June 2014 and invited to submit a full paper to sunlim@nus.edu.sg . Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references, conform to APA style, and submitted by 30 September, 2014.  All papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following submission.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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