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The Effects of the Mobile Phone on Social Etiquette: A Study Pertaining to the Guyanese Baby Boom Generation

The Effects of the Mobile Phone on Social Etiquette: A Study Pertaining to the Guyanese Baby Boom Generation

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Title: The Effects of the Mobile Phone on Social Etiquette: A Study Pertaining to the Guyanese Baby Boom Generation
Author: Ibrahim, Faarah Natalia
Abstract: This thesis explores the relationship between technology and society in North America through an ethnographic case-study study of six participants between the ages of 45 and 60, all of whom are of Guyanese ethnicity, and a number of whom are members of my own extended family network. My research took place between August 2014 and October 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My position in this ethnographic study was that of insider anthropologist. I was able to conduct a series of semi-structured interviews. My ethnography focuses on how mobile phones are affecting my interlocutors’ everyday human social interactions and the extent to which their mobile phone use is refashioning their social etiquette. The key themes identified are absence-presence, convenience, connection, tendency, anthropology of interaction, addiction, and family time. This study supports the interconnection between technology and society, as there is a clear need to be connected with others through the mobile phone.
Subject: Cultural anthropology
Keywords: Social Etiquette
Mobile Phone Use
Technology
Technology and Society
Social Network
Anthropology of Technology
Anthropology of Mobile Phone Usage
Technology Usage in North America and Anthropology and Mobile Phone Etiquette.
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30722
Supervisor: Hirji, Zulfikar A.
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Social Anthropology
Exam date: 2015-08-21
Publish on: 2015-12-16

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