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MARTINEZ ORTEGA, Cristina  and  PECOURT GRACIA, Juan. Ritualized Mobile Communication: A Micro-sociological Approach. Sociológica (Méx.) [online]. 2019, vol.34, n.96, pp.107-136. ISSN 2007-8358.

This article has two main objectives. First, it reviews the different theories about Mobile Communication over the most recent decades, observing their evolution from those clearly anchored in technological determinism to those that begin to take into consideration social influences. Second, it aspires to present a new model for analyzing mobile communication, inspired in the ideas of Erving Goffman and Randall Collins, and using the previously presented proposals of Richard Ling and others, centered on the idea of the “ritual of interaction.” The author shows how different rituals of interaction (both in person and at a distance) are used simultaneously in mobile communication and how “rights to communicational preferences” are negotiated in differing ways according to the characteristics of the social context in which the interaction takes place.

Keywords : mobile communication; technological determinism; ritual of interaction; ritual sacredness.

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