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Cellular Phones, Public Fears, and a Culture of Precaution

Cellular Phones, Public Fears, and a Culture of Precaution

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520829


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  • Adam Burgess' study is the first account of the health panic surrounding cellular phones that developed in the mid 1990s. Explaining that the related health anxieties had little substantial basis, Burgess traces the origins of the panic and how and why it grew so significantly in some societies, but not in others. The book also outlines a history and sociology of the cell phone, and compares popular reactions to other technologies, such as x-rays and radar.

    • The first in-depth study on the subject
    • Based on entirely original comparative research
    • The subject of the book is the most popular communications technology of our time
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    "A masterful treatment of an important but very neglected subject." New Media & Society

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    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520829
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory chapter: themes, influences
    phones and risk
    2. The mobile 'revolution'
    3. Mobile discontents and the origins of microwave fears
    4. Radiating uncertainty
    5. Diffusing anxiety: international dissemination and national responses to mobile fears
    6. The culture of precaution
    7. Problems of precaution and responsibility.

  • Author

    Adam Burgess, University of Bath

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