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The Constitutive Practices of Public Smartphone Use

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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Societies 2020, 10(4), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040078
Received: 7 September 2020 / Revised: 2 October 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 10 October 2020
The smartphone has become the most ubiquitous piece of personal technology, giving it significant social importance and sociological relevance. In this article, we explore how the smartphone interacts with and impacts social interaction in the setting of the urban café. Through analyzing 52 spontaneous in-depth interviews related to social interaction in cafés, we identify three categories of smartphone use in social settings: interaction suspension, deliberately shielding interaction, and accessing shareables. These categories comprise the constitutive smartphone practices that define the social order of public smartphone use within an interactionist sociological framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethnomethodology; interaction suspension; smartphone; social interaction; Goffman ethnomethodology; interaction suspension; smartphone; social interaction; Goffman
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Henriksen, I.M.; Skaar, M.; Tjora, A. The Constitutive Practices of Public Smartphone Use. Societies 2020, 10, 78. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040078

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Henriksen IM, Skaar M, Tjora A. The Constitutive Practices of Public Smartphone Use. Societies. 2020; 10(4):78. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040078

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Henriksen, Ida M., Marianne Skaar, and Aksel Tjora. 2020. "The Constitutive Practices of Public Smartphone Use" Societies 10, no. 4: 78. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040078

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