Calling My Name

Heather A. Horst

in The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 1

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780195375725
Published online July 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Calling My Name

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This chapter analyses the digital inscription of names and identities in mobile phones contact list. Drawing upon research on mobile phones in Jamaica, it examines how the construction of mobile phone contact lists is informed by Jamaican’s historical relationship names and naming as part of auditory practice and imagination. Moving beyond an assumption of instrumental relationships between contacts and social networks, it highlights how the combination of the predesigned structure and the increasing capabilities of cellular phones to incorporate digital images, videos, and music intersects with culturally specific relationships to sound, orality, and performance.

Keywords: mobile phones; digital inscription; contact list; Jamaica; sound; soundscapes; aural imagination

Article.  4880 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Sound Studies

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