Site specific mobility and connection in Korea : bangs (rooms) between public and private spaces

Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong, Foth, Marcus, & Hearn, Gregory N. (2009) Site specific mobility and connection in Korea : bangs (rooms) between public and private spaces. Technology in Society, 31(2), pp. 133-138.

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Although social and cultural research on mobile communication is exploding, many studies tend to take a technical view on the mobile phone as a personal networking device that connects people 'anywhere anytime.' Little cultural research has examined the uptake of mobile applications that are anchored to specific sites, especially outside Euro-Americo localities. To address this, we analyse media experience in the lived spaces of the Korean 'bang' (room) culture. These rooms provide various social spaces such as DVD-, jjimjil- (sauna), norae (karaoke)-, and PC-bangs. We position mobile technology along a blurring border between work and leisure and conceptualise the use of mobile phones for the symbolic creation, demarcation, and integration of public and private spaces in a digitally connected urban environment. This analysis helps us gain an understanding of the socio-culturally specific rationales and desires behind technology design and adoption in the South Korean context.

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ID Code: 13004
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: mobile technology, ubiquitous computing, urban informatics, Korea, bangs, screens
DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2009.03.004
ISSN: 0160-791X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:05

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