The Mobile Phone: It Has Nothing to do with Identity in the Process of Cultural Practice

HUANG Xiaowei

Abstract


This paper aims to analyse the relationship between technology and self-identity. It focuses on the representation of the mobile phone in everyday life and identity. In this paper, a literature review on du Gay et al (1997a) Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Song Walkman will be introduced. This paper will be divided into four major sections. In the first section, it will be introducing the role of culture in everyday life. In addition to this, the relationship between commodities and popular culture will be analysed. Furthermore, there will be a discussion on the association between culture and technology. Secondly, there will be a focus on the investigation of identity, which includes the analysis of the body and the self. Thirdly, by emphasising the concept of consumption, on the one hand, the author will be interpreting the idea of whether identity is formed by what consumers consume. Lastly, the connection between technology and everyday life will be examined. In addition, three case studies based on the topics of ‘mobile phone and identity’ and ‘public and private’ will be provided throughout these four sections. A conclusion will be provided at the end of this paper.
Key words: Mobile Phone; Identity; Cultural Practice

Resumé: Ce document vise à analyser la relation entre la technologie et l'identité de soi. Il se concentre sur la représentation du téléphone mobile dans la vie quotidienne et l'identité. Dans cet article, une revue sur du Gay et al (1997a) Faire des études culturelles: L'histoire de la chanson Walkman sera introduite. Cet article sera divisé en quatre sections principales. Dans la première section, il présentera le rôle de la culture dans la vie quotidienne. En plus de cela, la relation entre les produits et la culture populaire sera analysée. Par ailleurs, il y aura une discussion sur l'association entre la culture et la technologie. Deuxièmement, l'accent sera mis sur l'enquête de l'identité, qui comprend l'analyse du corps et de soi. Troisièmement, en se concentrant sur la notion de consommation, d'une part, l'auteur introduira l'idée de savoir si l'identité est formée par ce que les consommateurs consomment. Enfin, le lien entre la technologie et de la vie quotidienne sera examiné. En outre, trois études de cas basées sur les thèmes du "téléphone mobile et l'identité" et "publics et privés" seront fournises tout au long de ces quatre sections. Une conclusion sera faite à la fin du présent article.
Mots-clés: Téléphone Mobile; Identité; Pratique Culturelle

Keywords


Mobile Phone; Identity; Cultural Practice;Téléphone Mobile; Identité; Pratique Culturelle

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ccc.1923670020110702.020

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