[Air-L] New Book Announcement

DAL JIN djin at sfu.ca
Mon Feb 27 19:12:26 PST 2017

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Smartland Korea: Mobile Communication, Culture and Society.  

By Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University

University of Michigan Press.


The dramatic advancement of cellphone technology has fundamentally changed our daily lives. Smartphones and their applications have created new capital for information and communication technology corporations and changed the way people communicate. Smartland Korea, as the first attempt to comprehensively analyze mobile communication in the context of Korean smartphones, looks into a largely neglected focus of inquiry, a localized mobile landscape, with particular reference to young Koreans’ engagement with their devices and applications. It focuses not only on the celebratory achievement of technological advancement, but also the significance of social milieu in the development of the smartphones. It situates the emergence of smartphones within the growth of mobile technologies and overall telecommunications industries embedded in Korea’s information and communication technologies. The book examines the technology’s innovation and the evolution, the digital economy through the lens of political economy, and the youth culture embedded in the Korean smartphone context.

Dal Yong Jin is Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Canada (djin at sfu.ca)

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