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Domesticating Feelings Through Short Message Service (SMS)

Raluca Moise
  • University of Bucharest
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Published Online: 2015-05-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2011-0016

Abstract

Starting from the ostentatious presence of the SMS for teenagers, I attempted to identify the values of its appropriation process and to outline the trajectory of SMS within teenage culture. My argument is that the SMS develops two interpenetrating usage trajectories: an individual and a collective line, the later bearing a marked cultural logic. The relation between the object of consumption and the individual is framed by specific values of usage and regulated by cultural practices. In this article, I will present the factors that regulate the individual usage of the SMS, incorporating this form of communication in teens’ universe. Through ethnographic fieldwork in Romania, I have carried out participant observation and interviews in places that are frequented by teenagers and I have collected and analyzed more than 300 text messages, written by teenagers in daily personal journals of communication.

Keywords: communication; consumption; incorporation; intimacy; mobile phones; implicit rules

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Published Online: 2015-05-04

Published in Print: 2011-06-01


Citation Information: International Review of Social Research, ISSN (Online) 2069-8534, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2011-0016.

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