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dc.contributor.supervisor Woolford, Andrew (Sociology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Coulling, Ryan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-29T18:14:45Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-29T18:14:45Z
dc.date.issued 2014-09-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/24077
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an autoethnographic investigation of smartphones. Employing a theoretical framework that views smartphones as an apparatus, I explore smartphones, the connections they make to others and to digital technology, the way they are altering space and time, the micro-physics of power that they employ, and their ability to provide agency. Cycling between autoethnographic vignettes and theory, I explain rhizomatic assemblages that are apparatuses while advocating for the adoption of this conceptual framework when examining the social aspects of smartphones. Within this framework I conclude that these devices can be liberating and binding at the same time, and that, if we seek to better understand and engage in algorithmic language, we will be better equipped to take advantage of points of rupture to create lines of flight that allow us to deterritorialize our social world in ways that afford us the most agency. en_US
dc.subject Smartphones en_US
dc.subject apparatus en_US
dc.subject autoethnography en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.title Investigating smartphones—there’s a theory for that: smartphones as an assemblage and apparatus en_US
dc.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Spencer, Dale (Sociology) Muller, Adam (English, Film, and Theatre) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note February 2015 en_US


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